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Gearing up for the 11th annual Relay for Life

Liz Levey, ‘Doah Staff Writer
April 10, 2013

'Doah photo courtesy of Caroline Madden.Shenandoah’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer put on the Cars For a Cause show, where vintage and antique cars were displayed inside the National Guard amory and in front of the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre for the community to look at.

‘Doah photo courtesy of Caroline Madden.
Shenandoah’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer put on the Cars For a Cause show, where vintage and antique cars were displayed inside the National Guard amory and in front of the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre for the community to look at.

Celebrate, remember and fight back: that is the slogan for the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser Relay for Life, held across 5,200 communities and 20 countries.

On April 19, the student-run organization Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) will be hosting Shenandoah University’s 11th annual Relay for Life. This year’s relay theme at S.U. is “Color a Cure.”

CAC has been busy working since September to prepare the schedule. The first major event is the Cars For A Cause show, which was held on April 6. This is the third car show being held before Relay for Life.

“Getting everything ready for the show has been a labor of love, we couldn’t have done it without the help of Hopper’s Auto Club,” said sophomore Shelby Dehaven, co-chair for the car show.

All of the money raised by the car show will go to the $31,000 that S.U. has set as a goal to give to the American Cancer Society.

The night begins with celebration, opening statements and the survivors in attendance run a lap around the track.

“We will light Luminarias that people will have decorated for their loved ones that they are honoring who may have passed away or ones that have survived the fight,” says CAC Vice President Kathryn Motsko.

The teams and participants are showered with encouragement to make it through and stay up all night.

“We have planned lots of activities during this portion like a scavenger hunt, Ms. Relay, where guys dress up as girls to raise money for their team, corn hole, volleyball tournaments, Zumba, turbo sport and many more,” said President Marie Clary.

“The early hours of the morning are the hardest; this represents the hardships that cancer patients must go through.”

The event will conclude with closing ceremonies and everyone in attendance doing a final lap. They will also present awards to individuals and teams for various accomplishments.

“Participating in Relay for Life is an event that you will never forget,” said nursing freshman Kayla Brown.

The event hits home for her, as she has several family members that have been affected by cancer, including her grandfather who passed away from it a few years back.

Brown and her mother have participated in a number of relay events.

“I am a part of the nursing team, and am excited to see how S.U.’s event will be different than the others I have attended.”

There are many reasons to participate in Relay for Life. Almost everyone has been affected in some way by cancer. The hope is that a day will come where no one has to live with the fear of losing a loved one to  the disease.

If you would like to become involved, or would like to sign up for S.U.’s Relay for Life, go to http://www.relayforlife.org.

Even if you can’t attend on April 19, you can always donate to the cause.

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