On April 13th students gathered in the campus quad for the annual Relay For Life event. Twenty-Four teams participated and set up campsites on the quad for their team members. All were dedicated to the goal of raising funds to help find a cure to cancer. The teams raised a combined total of more than $28,000, which was donated to the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.
The event kicked off with the Survivors' Lap featuring a spirited group of cancer survivors and a ring of supporters cheering them on around the course. Teams joined in on the second lap and walked with the survivors. Entertainment was provided for all participants. A DJ played music throughout the entire event, movies were shown in a tent, video games were provided and a host of other outdoor activities kept the participants entertained.
At 9 p.m. the moving lighting ceremony was conducted. Candles were lit inside decorated bags, dedicated in memory of a loved one who has passed away, or in honor of someone fighting cancer. During this portion of the event, a silent lap was conducted by all present. The walk lasted a total of sixteen hours. Thanks to all Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.