By Sarah Wallenfang ’14
Treasurer, Colleges Against Cancer
While it may be taking its sweet time to get here, Spring is just around the corner. And for many people on campus and in the De Pere community who’ve had to face cancer in some way, that means one thing: Relay for Life.
For those who aren’t familiar with Relay for Life, it is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society designed to raise funds for cancer research. The main staple of the event is that it is, in fact, a relay. Teams sign up, and on the day of the event spend time walking around a track. However, Relay is so much more than that. Throughout the day different activities, such as children’s games and theme laps, keep up participant morale. A silent auction with everything from baked goods to bicycles offers a different way to raise money than direct fundraising. And, most important, is the survivor ceremony where everyone in attendance comes together to celebrate those who’ve beaten cancer, remember those who lost their fight and show support for those currently fighting. It is truly an event to remember.
For the De Pere Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society teams up with SNC’s Colleges Against Cancer. Together they work tirelessly to put on the best Relay possible and to spread community awareness of the importance of events like Relay for Life when it comes to the fight against cancer. This year’s Relay is to be held on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Schuldes Gym.
So far there are 42 teams signed up for Relay with a total of 198 participants who together have raised over $7,500. However, with Relay still over a month away and registration open through April 12, there is plenty of time to join this fantastic cause. To register, go to the De Pere Relay for Life page. Once there, you can start a team, join a team or simply donate. If you don’t have a team to join, but want to attend, a member of Colleges Against Cancer has started a team open to anyone—The Tumornators (find “The Tumornators” on the drop down menu).
Whether you join College Against Cancer’s team or another, signing up only requires a small amount of registration information and a $10 payment. This payment can be made online when you register or paid in person at a later date. Attend Relay, and you too can make strides to beat cancer!