Come to rally for Relay For Life

Western Carolina University will kick off its annual Relay For Life fundraiser  on the UC lawn starting at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, and ending on Saturday, April 13, at 6 a.m.

In this popular 12 hour long event, student organizations, faculty and members of the community, band together to raise money for the American Cancer Society all while promoting  awareness for cancer research and education by hosting carnival style games, food,  music, a walk and a Luminaria Ceremony to not only honor the lives of those lost to cancer, but to encourage those who are still  fighting and celebrate with the survivors.

” I think Relay For Life is important for everyone to participate in because cancer affects everyone.  It is a disease that hurts all people regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, you name it! Relay For Life is an event for all people! Cancer never sleeps, so we stay up all night to symbolize our dedication to the cause. By attending Relay, you are supporting not only an incredible organization, but also your friends, family, co-workers, who have been told those three heartbreaking words, “you have cancer,” said  Sarah Stokes, a Relay For Life coordinator.

According to the WCU Relay For Life twitter account, students have already raised over $13,400 and  has 37 teams with 266 participants so far. These numbers will likely increase by Friday, as sign ups continue through out the week.

To create a team or donate to Relay For Life of WCU go to their website.