Relay For Life: The Fight That Never Sleeps

Tonight, starting at 6:00 PM and ending at 6:00 AM, over 800 volunteers will be in the OMAC, fighting for the cure. Relay For Life first began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, walked and ran around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, one man’s determination to battle cancer has become the world’s largest crusade against the disease, with over 3.5 million American participants each year, as well as thousands of others from communities in 20 different countries across the globe. (It’s the largest fundraising event ever.)

At Brown, Relay For Life—in its 8th year running—will include much more than simply jogging around a track. In addition to 12 student group performances, participants will enjoy workshops led by various clubs (including an Improv and a Salsa workshop), tattoo and facepaint stations, raffles, and, most importantly, a Scooby Doo-themed Moon Bounce. Don’t miss the Glow Stick Rave at 2:00 AM and the Red Bull Pong at 3:00 AM! Additionally, delicious food and snacks will be provided for participants throughout the night.

Sam Karshenboym, the event co-chair, commented to the Blog Daily Herald about the event:

Relay for Life unifies our student body behind a powerful cause—the fight against cancer. It is one of Brown’s largest community events on campus. Many students ask why the event lasts all night. Its duration throughout the night represents the fact that cancer never sleeps. Anyone can develop cancer, affecting not only the patient but also family and friends. Students at Brown have known people with cancer, whether someone in their immediate family or an old friend. The American Cancer Society hopes that the money raised through Relay and other ACS events will ensure that no one will ever have to hear the words ‘You have cancer’ again.

If students would like to attend Relay For Life but did not register online, you can pay $20 at the door tonight at the OMAC, beginning at 6:00 PM.

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