Relay for Life to kick off Saturday

The American Cancer Society is looking for anyone who wants to honor cancer survivors and caregivers, or pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer to join together at Relay for Life taking place here on Tech’s campus.Tech’s Relay for Life is scheduled to be held from 6 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Saturday on the main quad.

“Relay for Life is an overnight campus-wide effort,” said Courtney Clifford, Relay for Life committee member, “where teams camp out and take turns walking around a track to raise money to fight cancer. The history of the event began back in 1985, when one man walked around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. Since then, the event has grown across the country and is held in more than 4,800 communities.

“As it gets dark,” Clifford said, “participants will light hundreds of luminaries around the track in a ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members who have died from the disease.”

The Relay for Life event represents hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Relay for Life vows to remember the three following things:

Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires

others to continue to fight.

Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside

those battling cancer can grieve and find healing.

Fight Back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to

put an end to the disease. Make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight.

“Anyone can come and join the activities that will be going on that night,” Clifford said. “All you have to do is show up and support this amazing cause.”

Everyone is welcomed to eat some good food and participate in activities, all while supporting the fight against cancer.

One in four people will hear the words you have cancer in their lifetime.

“You do not want to be one of those people,” Clifford said, “so come out and support the cause to fight back against this horrible disease.