By Justin Simon
On Thursday, April 12, LIU Post will hold its fifth annual Relay for Life. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Pratt Recreation Center. All proceeds raised during the evening festivities will be donated to the American Cancer Society, an organization with the mission to celebrate life by saving one life at a time.
Relay for Life is a team fundraising event where members take turns walking or running around a track overnight to signify that cancer never sleeps. Money raised will be used to treat patients and to continue research for new cures. Last year, Post raised $52,000. Volunteers, students and faculty this year are seeking to replicate this success and continue down the path towards a better world, according to Julia Pagano, residence director and coordinator for Relay for Life.
Fundraising for the cause is the primary objective, but Relay for Life does serve other purposes. The event spreads cancer awareness by remembering those who have lost their ght, those who beat their disease, and those who continue to fight to this day.
According to Pagano, all residence halls, Greek organizations and clubs are involved with Relay For Life. The LIU promise office, Center for Healthy Living, and numerous other departments are also signed up for the event.
Members of the Be the Change club have also taken a stand. “Relay for Life is an extremely important event to me because it is our time to come together as a community to ght back against cancer,” Adam Silverstein, founder and president of Be The Change, said. “It is extremely empowering to see us all come together in support of a cause like this.”
Through it all, the Post community is united, connected by a common goal. “Cancer has affected my family, and I am sure many others,” Pagano said. “I believe if we all work together to raise money and awareness for the cause, a large impact can be made.”
The first lap of the entire occasion is referred to as the “Survivor Lap.” During this special moment, all cancer survivors present take the first lap around the track. This commemorates their personal victories over cancer, while being cheered on by their loved ones who line the track.
Other activities include an opening ceremony, followed by a community walk, keynote speakers, music, games and food. “The evening is a high-spirited event that brings together our entire community,” Michael Berthel, dean of students, said.
LIU Post has raised over $150,000 in three years. All students are encouraged to participate and join the cause. For more information visit http://www.relayforlife.org/liupost.