Sacred Heart to Host 8th Annual Relay for Life Event

Sacred Heart University’s Relay For Life 2016 in the William H. Pitt Center. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek.

By ROBERTO ROJAS

Staff Reporter

On April 22, Sacred Heart University will host its eighth annual Relay for Life event in the William H. Pitt Center, in support of the Amercian Cancer Society.

Different teams from the university such as campus clubs, alumni and Greek Life organizations, come together with the idea of surpassing last year’s goal of $50,000 in donations for cancer support.

Planning has become a fundamental part of their experience.

“We are doing really well,” said junior Katherine Seckler, Relay for Life Co-President. “Now the fun part is where we get to plan when everyone will be performing, collecting team fundraiser ideas and putting the finishing touches on everything.”

This event is not something that is exclusive to the university. According to the official Relay for Life website, the event is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries.

The mission and goal of the fundraiser is to have volunteers “give their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer,” according to the official website.

“We want to be the generation that ends cancer,” said junior Cameron Neal. “This event is a lot of fun and very cool to do because it gives you that feeling of giving back and making a difference, which is why I’ve been involved in the committee since I was in the sixth grade.”

During the 12 hour spring event, which is expected to take place from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m, everyone who attends are there to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

Money raised before, during and after the event will go towards cancer research and past and current patients.

“The event is a lot of fun because there will be food, games, and inflatables,” said Seckler. “The best part is while you’re having fun you are raising money for such a great cause.”

This year’s goal is to raise over $55,000 in donations.

Students hope that the goal will serve as a motivational tool for people to show up and help out as much as they can.

“Honestly, since my freshman year, this has been one of my favorite events,” said Neal. “You see the committee getting together to reach bigger and better goals, but we also want to set these goals for ourselves and that plays a huge role for everyone involved.”

Those who are on the committee credit the successful event planning to their fellow co-workers for their exceptional teamwork and commitment to their jobs.

“This event would not be possible without the rest of my e-board and every single one of my committee members,” said Seckler. “Every person helps, whether it be reaching out to businesses for raffle baskets, planning ceremonies, or deciding what to do at table times. Getting people to understand what Relay For Life is also important because if people do not understand it they probably wouldn’t come.”

Admission is free to the students and to the public.

For general questions about the Student Events Team or events, send an email to student-events-team@sacredheart.edu.

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