By Cosette Shachnow
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is an annual event in honor of cancer victims. The night serves to celebrate those who survived, remember the deceased and recognize those who are fighting to become survivors. Union alumni, students, and staff will speak on behalf of themselves and their loved ones at this year’s event on Friday, April 29 starting at 6 p.m. in the Field House.
The money raised by Relay for Life will be allocated to three resources: cancer research, a 24/7 hotline for those affected by cancer and educating people about the disease.
Friends, dormitories, Minervas, sports teams, organizations, and clubs can participate by either starting teams or joining ones that have been previously created.
When the races are over, a variety of activities will be available to participants. Wells House will have face-painting and the house members will also be making T-shirts and bracelets. Participants can also celebrate with the fraternities by eating grilled food at Delta Kappa Epsilon, utilizing Sigma Chi’s dunk tank, or engaging in a game of root beer pong with AEPi. Sisters of Gamma Phi Beta will be decorating cookies and Sigma Delta Tau will be making cards for patients. There will be competitions to win gift certificates to the bookstore, Bangkok Bistro, and other places.
This year’s Relay for Life has been downsized at Union because Schenectady High School will also be holding an event to support the cause.
Stacey Berger, President of Union’s Relay for Life, believes that “this has given us a chance to just focus on the Union College community and get them really involved.”
Students can participate or make a donation by visiting relayforlife.org.