Cancer can and will affect each and every one of us in some way or another. The American Cancer Society has been making huge advancements to create, as they say, “a world with more birthdays.”
Relay for Life is an event put on annually by the American Cancer Society where many different cities host different relays. Over 4 million people participate in the Relay for Life across 20 countries. The event is a 24 hour walk either at a park or on a track depending on the hosting community. The Relay begins with the opening ceremonies, followed by a powerful and emotional survivor’s lap. This lap is the official start to the relay. The Luminaria that they put on involves each team member having a candle dedicated to someone they have lost to cancer or who is battling cancer. This part of the ceremony is definitely a highlight. Teams have tents and areas set up around the path where they can have games, fundraisers, and just socialize with other members from other teams to hear their stories. Having done this event 4 previous times, I can vouch and say it is one of the most rewarding, emotional, and inspiring experiences I have ever been a part of.
San Diego State puts on the event every year and is currently in the process of setting up this year’s relay. There are three ways in which you can get involved: sign up, volunteer, or donate. Once the details about the date and time for SDSU’s Relay for Life are released, people may begin to form teams, sign up, and begin to fundraise. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is always welcoming new volunteers. Those wishing to volunteer can become committee members. These people plan the event in their community. Committee members ensure that everything is appropriately planned and executed. If you don’t have the time to be a committee member, but still would like to give time, ACS is always looking for people to help with general help. The volunteers can do everything from stuffing envelopes, to setting up on the day of their community’s event, to soliciting donations.
For more information regarding Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society in general, visit their website.
Blog written by Tyler Daher, Student Life & Leadership – Student Contributor