Students of Tennessee Tech are coming together next week in an effort to support the American Cancer Society in a Relay for Life event.
So far this year, TTU Relay for Life teams have already raised over $8,000, according to the TTU Relay for Life website.
Teams raised over $25,000 last year, according to Natalie Figlio, a business management major who is in charge of the event.
Relay for Life aims to recognize, support and celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those who have lost the battle, and bring overall awareness to the community.
Shaw Hunter, a Tech alumnus, has attended his fair share of Relays.
“Relay for Life means a lot to my family because my mom has battled breast cancer. It is always a good time for my family and I to go and support everyone else that’s been affected by cancer,” said Hunter.
According to the website, the Relay for Life event is the largest and most impactful fundraiser that aims to end cancer in the world.
Shelby Adcock is a sophomore at TTU and is in charge of a teams participating in the Relay.
“I have worked really hard preparing for Relay because it is something that has personally touched my family. I have done lots of crafting to prepare our tent and make it as unique as possible. I am looking forward to getting to spend the entire night not only having fun but being able to raise money for something that, at some point, will affect everyone’s lives one way or another,” said Adcock.
The event includes food, games, activities and other sources of entertainment. Teams and participants will also walk around the track. TTU Relay for Life will take place Friday, April 8and will be located at Tucker Stadium. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and continue to 6 a.m. the next morning.