Raising money and awareness to end cancer is the goal of American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, and Auburn University is doing its part in the fight.
Throughout the 2015 and 2016 school year, Relay For Life of Auburn University has raised $71,713 to support cancer research and they aren’t stopping there. “Last year we raised a little over $70,000, but this year our goal is to raise $100,000, which will go to the American Cancer Society,” said Caitlin Miley, Relay for Life of Auburn University co-chair.
Relay For Life of Auburn University is this Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 12-10 p.m. on the Student Center Green Space. This year’s theme is holiday extravaganza. The day will be full of fun, fundraising and of course Aubie.
The opening ceremony starts at 1 p.m. with a survivor lap following. There will be many activities set up throughout the day like corn hole as well as planned activities like a Minute to Win It competition and Zumba. There will also be a few singers and bands performing throughout the day. The Luminaria ceremony is at 8 p.m. and closing ceremony is at 9:30 p.m.
“Aside from raising funds for the American Cancer Society, our goal is to bring the Auburn Family together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battle and fight back against this awful disease,” said Miley.
Relay For Life started in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt spent 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, in the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer. Many people came out to support him and watch him run and walk over 83.6 miles and raise $27,000. The following year he had enough people participating to create 19 teams starting the first relay event and raising $33,000 to fight cancer.
Today this event is in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. Relay For Life events comprise the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. These events allow for participants to come out and honor survivors, remember lost loved ones and raise awareness for the cause.