Relay For Life is Back

By Cherai Mills

“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.”

Even though each Relay for Life event is different, there are three key parts to every event. Celebrate: The Survivors Lap, Relay For Life starts with this lap were survivors take a lap together around the track to help celebrate the achievements to fight back against cancers. Remember: The Luminaria Ceremony, this is when people have been touched by cancer and have passed on and are remembered by lighting candles when it gets dark outside. The last key part is Fight Back: The Fight Back Ceremony, were everyone makes a commitment to help fight back against cancer.

Last year Lasell College hosted its first mini Relay For Life April 8 to 9 from 7p.m. to 7a.m. in De Witt Hall, coordinated by the class of 2009. This event brought together 22 teams and about 108 participants. By the end of the 24-hour event over $5000 was raised to help The American Cancer Society. The event was lead by junior Holly Irvin with a team of students helping to make the event a success. Teams were set up around the perimeter of De Witt, participants walked counter clock wise around the building and made a circle back into De Witt. Beads could be picked up outside of Sargent classroom after each lap to count the number of laps each team completed.

The event was emceed by senior Tiffany Potter and started off as very emotional since personal stories were shared by people who had personally dealt with cancer or lost loved ones to it. As the night went on and into the morning, the event became more joyous as each hour there was a different activity to help lighten the mood like a hula-hoop contest or musical chairs. Teams were able to bond as they participated in an event for a great cause.

This year, Relay For Life is back at Lasell College from March 30 to the 31, from 7pm. to 7a.m.  So far there are 19 teams, 62 participants, and $4,240 raised and counting. Since last year was such a success this year should be no different. To join a team or start a team click here.  If you would like to donate to a team, participant or the event as a whole click here as well. Everyone knows of someone who has been touched by cancer in some way, why not join this fun event to show your support?

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