Sorry it’s been awhile—but hey that’s the life of a college student! There have been so many fun events going on in the past few weeks, so I decided that I’m going to divide them into two separate entries. Two weeks ago was one of my favorite events on campus—Relay for Life. Every year, the American Cancer Society has these “relays,” and the motto is that “cancer doesn’t sleep, so neither should we.” For one night, groups/teams of students get together starting at 6pm for the opening ceremonies and getting t-shirts for anyone who raised over $100. The concept is to have at least one person per team on the track at all times, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. Basically it’s a night at the Rec Center of pure fun. My team and I are favorites of ice-skating during Relay for Life (I participate in the event every year, which coincidentally is the only time I ice skate during the year). There are also free exercise classes, food, jewelry making, and much more. This year the Relay for Life committee also sold tank tops for $15 (proceeds going to the American Cancer Society) that said on the font “I’m DTF” and on the back they said Down To Fight. Pretty catchy huh? Obviously I bought one—and most of the people at the event had one on too! The most sentimental part of the night is the Luminaria Ceremony. During this ceremony, we create a bag and can dedicate it to whoever we are walking for (if there is no one in particular, you can always just make one saying “hope” or “fight” or something along those lines. In the bags there is a fake candle, and when the lights are turned off the bags glow. It’s actually a beautiful sight (normally this event is done outside, so real candles are used). A few members of the Relay for Life committee spoke to everyone and told heartbreaking stories, but it really felt like the 400 people in the room were a family. The best part of the night was that through fundraising, we reached upwards of $20,000 for the American Cancer Society!
On the bottom of this blog you can see the link for the Relay for Life website. These events are not only on college campuses for college students, they are everywhere! I strongly encourage you to find one in your area and participate. Most of the events are during the summer time, so there may be one coming up really soon. Let’s continue to fight!