Why do people Relay?

Story posted April 23, 2023 in CommRadio, News by Natalie Simone

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Relay for Life is an event to pay thanks and respect to all cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and others who have been impacted by cancer. Relay, also, honors and remembers those who have lost their battle with cancer.

Relay for Life hosts special activities during the event like the “Survivor Ceremony”, “Caregiver Ceremony”, and “Local Luminaria Ceremony.”

Relay for Life, through its sponsor, the American Cancer Society, strives to help all cancer patients and ultimately create a cancer-free world. They provide support and research through research, fundraising, and connecting communities and families together.

The American Cancer Society provides services for its patients and from Relay for Life fundraising the society is able to continue its research and support.

Their three main focuses are: “Cancer Research”, “Patient Guidance” and “Health Equity'', which allows everyone to receive the same treatment and education while scientists research to find cures.

Brandi, a Relay for Life volunteer said, “I did a team in the Relay for Life to honor my father and my husband. We’ve always participated, but I wanted to give them their own personal Relay for Life.”

Relay for Life events are full of passion for so many communities. Brandi went on to share her purpose and said, “Raising money for Relay. I feel like I’m doing something for all of my family.”

Relay for Life’s goal is to make a difference for all families and community members who have been affected by cancer. Their team believes they can accomplish anything.

Natalie Simone is a first-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email nvs5790@psu.edu.