By Hayley Rydowski
On Friday, April 15, starting at 5 p.m. the school will host its third annual Relay For Life event at the Pratt Recreation Center. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will go to the American Cancer Society. The event is open to the public and is run through a student committee with the assistance of the Office of Campus Life.
Relay For Life is a 12-hour event that raises money for cancer research and patients. It is also an event to spread cancer awareness, remember those who have lost their fight, celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, and unite the Pioneer community in the fight against cancer.
“Teams of students, faculty, and staff participate in the all night long event,” said Abagail Van Vlerah, dean of students. “It’s a great time for the community to come together and fight for a good cause.”
The first lap at the event is known as the “Survivor Lap.” During this lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants, who line the track.
Some of the other activities at the event will include an opening reception, community walk, survivor and caregiver speeches, food, games, and music. “The evening is a high-spirited event that brings together our entire community, ” said Michael Berthel, director of Campus Life.
The university has raised $100,000 for the American Cancer Society in past Relay For Life events. Last year there were 70 teams and Post raised $53,000, according to Berthel. This year Post has already surpassed last year’s total and has 27 teams with 110 participants.
Everyone can be a part of the movement to end cancer: start a team, donate, or join the committee. Students who wish to get involved can visit www. relayforlife.org/liupost. There is a registration fee when you sign up for the event and then participants are encouraged to fundraise to raise more money for the campaign.