ALLIANCE, OH- The University of Mount Union held its annual Relay for Life Event on April 12 at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. Many students, faculty, and community members attend the Relay for Life event every year to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. On Friday, April 12 at 6pm into the morning of April 13, teams were walking laps to raise funds and awareness. This community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society happens over the course of 12 hours. Fundraising for such a large event started back in the beginning of fall semester. All proceeds from Relay go towards the research of cancer in the hopes that one day we will no longer have to hear the words “you have cancer”.
Relay for Life is an event that requires all hands on deck. The committee that hosts the event is made up of current students, staff and community members help in different ways as well. Putting the event together is no easy task for the committee.
There were different games and activities throughout the night to entertain walkers and to help keep everyone awake and alert. Some of the activities include the Relay Pageant, a Lip-sync Battle, and a Relay Race. In addition to the activities, there were also concessions and raffle baskets to keep the attention of participants.
Through the efforts of students, parents, friends, family, community members, and everyone who donated, the Mount Union Relay for Life event raised over $25,000 for the American Cancer Society.
This year Relay for Life had 31 organizations participating. The theme for Relay this year was superheroes, and each organization had a superhero and cancer they had represented. The top three organizations from Mount Union that raised the most money were the PA program, the Football Team, and Alpha Phi Omega. The community team that raised the most money was Team Barry who raised over $5,000. Relay for Life is an important event to many people in the Mount Union community who have been affected by cancer in some form.
Information on the American Cancer Society and updates for future Relay events at the University of Mount Union can be found here.