#179: Relay for Life

This past weekend, 450 students and community members walked around the indoor track, played games, and participated in many other fun activities at Stony Brook University’s second annual Relay for Life event! In total, Seawolves raised just over $47,000 for the American Cancer Society, an impressive $20,000 more than last year!

Relay for Life is an overnight event that raises money and awareness with the goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.   Participants- or “Relayers,” as they like to be called- stay up all night (from 6pm to 6am!) to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and fight back against the disease.  Relayers walk all night because cancer never sleeps.

The Relay for Life Planning Committee, with the support of student group Seawolves Against Cancer, took on the task of planning this year’s event along with the help of their American Cancer Society staff partner, Pam Parker.  The committee helped put together all of the night’s activities, including the “Relay Relay Race,” a frozen t-shirt contest, 90s hour, and the awesomely entertaining “Mz. Relay” Pageant, a Relay-themed drag show.

Committee members also organized the Luminaria Ceremony, where Relayers take a silent lap to remember those who have fought their fight against cancer, and the Survivors Reception, a pre-Relay dinner that celebrates cancer survivors.

Seawolves working together as a community to fight back against cancer?  Now really, what could be more awesome than that?!

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