To spread the word, the Relay for Life kickoff event is 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Room of Nations.
“I’m in the nursing program and my clinicals are on the oncology floor this semester, so I have seen my fair share of cancer survivors,” Monica Flackey, a Relay For Life committee member, said. “Hearing their stories and seeing their gratitude has just helped reassure me how wonderful Relay for Life is and how important it is to cancer survivors and their families.”
Relay for Life is a 12-hour walk to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer.
This year will include Zumba, morning yoga and Sandy’s Donuts. It will also have a Mr. Relay Pageant, where males dress up like women in a mock beauty pageant and collect donations for relay.
Multiple cancer survivors will be guest speakers.
“I think doing any kind of volunteering does good things for people,” Relay for Life Committee Co-Chair Karissa Buck said. “You never know what kind of people you’re going to meet at events like this that might change your way of thinking.
“It’s also a chance to meet other students and faculty on campus. It’s fun. It’s a time to bond. It’s a time to learn. It’s so much wrapped into one night.”
Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society. The ACS uses the money for Hope Lodges, which gives cancer patients a place to stay when they travel for treatments and gives rides to cancer patients to and from the hospital and other services. It also uses the money to research a cure.
“It’s important to know that fundraising isn’t all we do at relay,” Buck said. “We relay to celebrate the survivors and all the strides we have made toward ending cancer, to remember all those that we have lost to cancer and to fight back against cancer.
The kickoff event will have a movie trivia game, themed prizes and free food.
“Cancer survivors are some of the strongest people I know, and after listening to their stories, I am determined to help out as much as possible,” Flackey said. “I highly encourage everyone to come check out the meeting and see what relay is about, especially if you have never been to an event before.”
The actual Relay for Life event will go from 6 p.m. April 18 until 6 a.m. April 19.
To register, go to ndsurelay.org to join or start a team. There are no team member number requirements.