BY STEPHEN AMAYA
Relay For Life is an annual fundraiser held by the American Cancer Society (ACS) to help spread awareness and raise money for those who have been touched by cancer.
This year’s Relay For Life team is already preparing for this year’s event, which will be hosted at Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Track and Field complex.
“We just had our first committee meeting earlier this month,” said Victoria Alvarez, freshman. “There was a lot of excitement in the air as we began discussing carious themes and event activities with the entire committee.”
Each year, it is estimated that Relay For Life fundraises over $400 million for the ACS. Last year, the endeavors of students from both Lynn and FAU helped fundraise over $30,000.
“It was a lot of fun last year,” said Gabe Caldwell, sophomore. “I participated in Relay For Life with my fraternity brothers [in Sigma Alpha Epsilon] and we helped raise money by hosting a Smash Brothers Tournament on site during the event.”
Out of both campuses, the student organizations of Lynn were able to fundraise the most and top the donor’s list. Overall, Greek Life led the way with the brothers of Zeta Beta Tau raising over $4,000; more than any other fraternity or sorority on both campuses.
“Relay For Life is a wonderful event that honors those that have lost their lives from cancer, those that survived and those that support those affected by cancer,” said Alvarez. “It’s about bringing the community together to spread awareness and show support for cancer patients and for research.”
This year, Relay For Life is scheduled to be held on March 27, 2015. Students who would like to get involved with Relay For Life or would like to learn more, can do so by contacting Alvarez.