By Caroline Ryan
Relay for Life will be held at the Pratt Recreation Center on April 17 from 5 p.m. – 5 a.m. The event will raise awareness and money in an effort to find a cure for cancer. The event is open to the public, and students are encouraged to bring friends and family.
Teams of students will camp out around the track, and then each team will take turns walking. “We walk all night because cancer never sleeps,” said Campus Life Coordinator, Arianna Livreri.
Other activities at the event will include food, games, obstacle courses, music, prizes, and a survivor and caregiver speech. Last year, there were 70 teams total. This year so far, eight teams have signed up to participate in the event. This is the second year LIU Post has held Relay for Life. Last year, students raised $50,000, and LIU Post hopes to beat that goal this year.
Post has already raised over $19,000 this year for the cause. There are numerous ways for students to raise money. They can hold a table during common hour, or hold events with admission to enter. For example, The Runway raised over $1,000 by charging admission at the front door for the fashion show on March 27. Students can also put a link for donations on social media asking others to join their team. For assistance with ideas, students can go to Livreri’s office in Hillwood Commons, room 217.
The chairs of the Relay for Life committee are Patrick Bell, a graduate student and Political Science major, Sarah Knapp, a junior Sociology and Pre-Med major, and Ammar Obeidat, a senior Biology and Pre-Med major. They are working with a committee of seven students, as well as with clubs such as Twice as Nice, The Runway, the Commuter Student Association, and the Student Government Association.
“In my opinion, Relay for Life is an important event here at Post because it works as part of the American Cancer Society,” Bell said. “I think that cancer is something that closely impacts almost everyone on this campus in some way, whether it’s having had cancer themselves or a close family member/friend that had it. It gives us one thing to rally together and dedicate our efforts as a community towards.”
To take part in the event, students must either register online or pay at the door to enter. To join a team or donate, visit www. RelayForLife.org/liupost. For more information contact Post-Campuslife@liu.edu. To volunteer at the event, contact Livreri at Arianna.Livreri@liu.edu. Weekly meetings about the event are also held on Wednesdays in Humanities Hall, room 121, during common hour.