Purple covers Tech as students come together to raise awareness of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
For one week, colleges across the nation cover their campuses in purple, the signature color of Relay, by holding campus-wide activities and spreading information everywhere.
Paint the Campus Purple will be taking place Oct. 3- Oct. 7. Each day, students will target a certain area on campus to deck out in purple.
“Every one of us has been touched by cancer in some way,” Jessica Hyder, Relay for Life chair said. “That is why we’re painting our campus purple by spreading information and hosting events this week to remind everyone that we all have the opportunity to fight back against this disease.”
The fall kickoff for the event will take place on Oct. 4 in the Tech Pride Room. Teams will be encouraged to come to the kickoff and start signing up for Relay For Life which will take place in April.
“This will be the first opportunity to register your team and to start signing up your team members,” Hyder said.
Relay for Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
Relay for Life began in 1985 when one man walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society.
This year, nearly 5,100 communities in the U.S. and 20 other countries will host Relay for Life and raise funds to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back.