Planning Relay for Life

Story posted April 22, 2023 in CommRadio, News by Jacob Cheris

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Relay for Life is an annual walk-a-thon to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost their battles.

Relay for Life is a 12-hour walk-a-thon that honors cancer survivors and remembers those who lost their battles. This year’s event is on Saturday, April 22.

The event has been going on for 35 years and it has raised millions of dollars over the years. Penn State is one of hundreds of locations for the event.

However, the event can’t go smoothly without proper planning. Jesse Evans is the executive event director for the walk-a-thon. Evans took on the role of events director at the end of last April.

“We have meetings weekly that I lead along with the other overalls and we'll plan every aspect of the event,” Evans said. “Each week usually has a different focus or things that need to be planned out further in advance.”

Evans was an entertainment overall last year but wanted to give more to the community and take on a bigger role.

“I liked being able to see the planning process through from the beginning to the end,” Evans said. “Unlike when you're a committee member you don't get to see all of the intricate behind-the-scenes work.”

So far, Relay for Life at Penn State has raised $28,544 dollars with a goal of $35,000.

Donations help the American Cancer Society fund cancer research and patient care programs.

Evans said she had a lot of family and friends who were affected by cancer.

“This is my way of fighting for those that are no longer here and still making sure to remember them,” she said.

The walk-a-thon kicks off at the Multi-Sport Facility.

Jacob Cheris is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email