By Nia Scott
This year Relay for Life will be held at Koehler Fieldhouse, beginning at 7 p.m. on April 7 and ending on April 8 at 7 a.m..
Relay for Life is always a popular event on campus, attracting students, faculty and community members alike.
They organize events and activities for each of the 12 hours and raise money for cancer research.
Each year, a number of students and people from the community attend Relay for Life to donate, walk for survivors or those whose lives have been claimed by cancer or just to enjoy the event and activities provided.
This is an event open to anyone, so feel free to invite friends and family.
This year’s theme for Relay for Life is “A Passport to Hope.”
Each team is going to pick a country to represent and some of their activities may represent their country.
The theme is a fitting because Relay for Life will be the last event held during the ESU Global Week.
The first event of Relay for Life will be the survivor walk, where people can walk to honor survivors or those that did not survive.
If anyone wishes to participate in the walk, contact Valentina Scalici, her email is vscalici1@ live.esu.edu.
Also the Luminaria Ceremony, which is another event honoring those who have suffered from cancer or are currently suffering, will begin at 10:30 p.m..
To register for Relay for Life, there is a promotional registration happening now that is only $5 lasting until March 11.
After March 11 it will be $10 for registration until April 1.
Online registration ends April 1 and it will then cost $20 at the door, so make sure to either register this week or any time before April 1.
Last year’s Relay raised a total of $24,000 for cancer research. There were about 31 teams and around 750 participants.
To date the American Cancer Society has raised over $5 billion since 1985 when the Relay for Life event began, according to the American Cancer Society’s website.
In addition to the significant amount of money raised by the American Cancer Society, over 3.5 million people participate in Relay for Life.
The vent is held in over 20 countries, expanding vastly of the years since it began.
The money earned goes to ground-breaking research, providing rides to and from treatment and providing free lodging at facilities for cancer patients and their families.
According to the American Cancer Society’s website, one in three women and one in two men in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime.
Organizers of the event hope that it can raise even more money.
They also hope that even more people attend that last year.
For any questions or concerns about the Relay for Life on April 7, email Sam Giancaterino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get more information about or to register for other Relay for Life events, visit acsevents.org.
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