Relay for Life

Relay for Life was held this past Saturday. The 12-hour event lasted from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. and was held on Edwards Maurer Field.

Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, and that those who face cancer will always be supported. The central objective is that one day, cancer will be eliminated.

Relay for Life is sponsored and supported through the American Cancer Society, but specifically, by the staff ACS partner, Julie Rinehart.

“We thank her for all her help and advice throughout this whole year and whole event,” said senior Co-President Cathryn Kurzawa.

Students came in teams to walk on the track in order to show their support in the fight against cancer. Students also created on-site fundraisers to generate additional money for the cause.

This year’s theme was “Relay Around the World,” so the Colleges Against Cancer committee planned themed laps, activities, and games to reflect that theme. The theme was also incorporated to fit into the three ceremonies throughout the event: The Celebrate ceremony (opening); The Remember ceremony (luminaria); and The Fight Back ceremony. The Remember ceremony is the emotional part of the event when survivors speak and the luminaria is lit to surround the track to remember those who have been lost to cancer.

The goals for this year’s Relay event were to have the event supported  by 30 teams, to raise 20,000 dollars, and to celebrate 10 Survivors.

Relay for Life will continue to fundraise in order to exceed their monetary goal even after the event is concluded, including selling t-shirts and holding a Dine to Donate at Applebees.

“We would love the continued support and the continued fight against cancer,” said Kurzawa.

(Katie Wenger /