By Julia Friedman
The American Cancer Society (ACS) predicts that over 1.6 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2012, ranking cancer as the second most common cause of death in the U.S.
“A lot of people are affected by cancer in this world,” says Stacey Berger ‘13, co-president of Colleges Against Cancer (CAC).
On April 20, CAC will be hosting the annual Relay for Life event to raise money and awareness for the ACS. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Field House.
Relayers participate as a part of a team, usually affiliated with an organization, sports team or theme house. “Setting up a team costs $10 and takes five minutes,” explains Berger. “To create or join a team, go to www.RelayForLife.org and look up Union’s event, or search Facebook for Union College Relay for Life 2012.”
“It’s great if you’re joining a team because you’re participating and donating your $10, but you can fundraise until the day of the event,” explains Berger. “We want to make it more competitive this year in hopes of becoming the number-one fundraising team.”
Participants that raise at least $100 will receive a t-shirt. “It’s challenging, but influences people to strive and help achieve our goal.”
Along with a dunk tank, bounce house and live performances, relayers will have the opportunity to hear members of the campus community speak about their experiences with the disease and its effect on their lives.
“We’re working on getting speakers for the event,” says Berger, “We’re hoping that last year’s speakers will come along with new ones.”
Relayers will have plenty of activities to keep busy; clubs and organizations will have tables set up at the event. Last year, Big Brothers, Big Sisters supplied materials for relayers to make cards for cancer patients.
“They were really powerful and can really life the spirits of someone in the hospital,” comments Berger.
At last year’s Relay For Life, Union raised over $27,000 and registered over 500 participants. This year, CAC hopes to raise $35,000 or more and have at least 700 participants.
“I really think we can do it,” says Berger, “Last year, a representative from the American Cancer Society of Albany congratulated us and said ‘she hasn’t seen anything like this in years.’ So go online and start a team or join one.”