Relay: Run to save lives

Liberty University will be hosting the Relay For Life, a signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society on April 15.

Teams will gather at Osborne Soccer Stadium from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m and will have one representative walking on the track at all times. The event is a chance for communities to come together and battle cancer while celebrating those who have.

“Along with being able to raise funds, we are able to unite students on campus for a great cause as well” entertainment coordinator Shara Seetaram said. “Seeing and hearing people everyday talking about Relay For Life is so exciting.”

“Lynchburg could be summarized as a Relay city. There are seven Relays within a 25 mile radius,” student chair Perry Bobbitt noted. “This makes Liberty University the new kid on the block. However, we are coming out swinging.”

The Relay For Life seeks to honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer through various traditions. The inspirational “Survivors Lap” will begin the relay and survivors are invited to circle the track together to celebrate their victories.

The “Luminaria Ceremony” is held after dark and is a time to remember and honor those who have lost their fight with cancer.

Lastly, the “Fight Back Ceremony” is a time where participants make a personal commitment to take up the battle against cancer.

Jessica Scott, who serves as the survivor/caregiver chair for the Relay, has personally seen cancer touch loved ones in her own life and has high hopes for this year’s event.

“Cancer has touched my life and I want to do what I can to try and beat this nasty disease,” Scott said. “Relay for Life gives people the opportunity to make a change in the world.”

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