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Relay for Life gives students time to reflect on cancer

Relay for Life gives students time to reflect on cancer

"Relay for Life allows us all to be inspired from people who have cancer, have had cancer, and people who have stories to tell about cancer". All the money raised at the Relay for Life events support the mission of the American Cancer Society to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by prevention, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

"I think it's a fun event that has something for everyone to participate in".

It's been five years since Glenn's aunt died, and three years since she found out that her mother-in-law had cancer too.

The first part of the event is the Survivor's Lap.

For the Opening Ceremony, teams lined the track, cheering on survivors of cancer who were invited to walk the lap around Herak Lawn. There was a large variety of students, faculty, and community members filling the gym.

Preparation for Relay For Life also involves the community outside of our University. The Survivor lunch starts at noon and the Relay celebration begins at 2 p.m. We had 99 by the end of it. And the teams come together and it's just a way for us to raise money, but also celebrate and remember and also fight back for our people who have won their battles with cancer and those who have also lost them.

Samantha Watson-Jones Student Leader
VSU hosts Relay for Life Samantha Watson-Jones Student Leader

"It's an insidious disease, and we're here to fight it", she said. "Many participates are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves". With every dollar we raise we help fund the research that helps not only look for a cure but also helps lead to early detection.

"I'm not a hero; I'm not some magic person", Fisher said. The continuous walking represents the constant fight against cancer. "But more impressively, cancer shows the resilience of people". The event runs from 6 p.m.to midnight. Several speakers addressed the attendees, including Marriott and Brian McCloud '16, who spoke of how cancer had taken members of their families and affected their lives.

For more information about Sunday's event, call BJ's on the Water at 410-524-7575.

According to Relay For Life of Turlock Event Chair Judy Jespersen, the community outpour for this year's event exceeds that of last year.

-The American Cancer Society provides resources to North County residents diagnosed with cancer. As the survivors finished up the first lap, though, the dark clouds made good on their threat, and the umbrellas and ponchos came out.

Right around this time Prince Rupert hosted the Relay For Life event and some of the children and parents from the swim club entered a team in her name.

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