Running for a cause and racing for a cure

Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, an event where loved ones with cancer are honored, will be held this year on May 21.

Relay for Life holds their activities during the day ending with a candle lit ceremony to honor those who are dealing or have dealt with cancer. If an individual has raised over $100 by 10 p.m., they can participate in the overnight experience to watch movies, walk around the tracks and play games with friends.

Seth Cassellius, senior and president of the school’s Relay for Life Committee, has been dedicating his time to plan and attend informational meetings in preparation for the event.

“I mostly make sure everything’s running smoothly and the work is dedicated properly. I also work with behind the scenes,” Cassellius said.

Last year, the school board prevented an overnight schedule due to potential liabilities. This year, the organization was able to clear it up and plan the experience overnight. The individual relays will be run throughout the day including activities and a live band. Towards the end of the night the ceremony is held where candles are lit to honor those who have passed due to cancer or are battling the disease to help spread awareness.

“I think Relay for Life is a great place where students can come to spend a fun-filled day while working to help eradicate cancer because no family should have to suffer because of the disease. Signing up is not difficult and fundraising is simple with the help the organization provides,” Sam Klein, junior and treasurer, said.

Many students who participate run for their family members or close friends who are battling cancer, “ I can’t think of a better organization to be a part of. I relay for my grandmother and aunt, both (of) whom had skin cancer,” Klein said.

With the overnight schedule, the work involves longer hours and more events to entertain the people. “The hardest part of participating is honestly just trying to stay up all night, everything else is super easy. A lot of people might think it’s raising money, but it’s amazing how many people are willing to donate,” Olivia Diliberti, junior and vice president, said.

The participation of the event has changed the lives of many people by supporting those who have battled cancer and survived.

Relay for life is one of my favorite events of the whole school year and it feels really great to participate because I know I’m making a difference,” Diliberti said.

 

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