Relay For Life is one of the more visible events on campus, but I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t have the slightest idea what it was really all about.
Relay For Life takes place over the course of 12 hours, which is intended to represent a cancer patient’s journey, beginning with the diagnosis and ending around sunrise as a symbol of hope. Throughout the course of the evening, participants take part in ceremonies and games in addition to enjoying a buffet and various performances. This year’s theme is “Carnival For a Cure: Cirque de Relay,” so the event will have plenty of fun carnival-themed activities, including a hypnotist. Of course, over the 12 hours, the atmosphere does shift. For example, one of the more meaningful parts of the night is the Luminaria ceremony, which gives participants an opportunity to reflect, grieve, and find hope.
All of the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society, and is put towards research, creating more Hope Lodges (for people currently battling cancer), assisting survivors, and continuing to raise awareness for this deadly disease. BC’s goal is to raise $180,000 and have 145 teams and 1,800 total participants, or approximately 20% of the student body. As of March 28th, 123 teams and 1,174 participants are registered, and they have raised $81,224.54. (Updated numbers are available at www.relayforlife.org/bc)
Of course, while the event can be an opportunity to hang out with friends, it can also serve as a very meaningful experience. As chairperson Kim Alderman explained, “The overnight event brings together people from all backgrounds that have been affected by cancer in some way, and I love sharing a night with others united under one common goal: to end cancer.”
BC’s Relay For Life event is at the Plex on Friday, April 1st, from 6pm until 6am. You must be registered in order to attend, and you can do so individually or as a team at www.relayforlife.org/bc. The goal is for each individual to raise $100, and if you do so, you get a t-shirt from the event. It’s not too late to get involved, and it’s a great opportunity to build community at BC while having fun and contributing toward an excellent cause.
Relay For Life isn’t just a fundraiser. It’s an opportunity to celebrate survivors, commemorate those we’ve lost, and fight back against the horrible disease that is cancer. It’s not too late to get involved and join the movement!