Photo by George Dunlap
This past weekend, The University of Akron held its annual Relay for Life event in The Louis and Freda Stile Athletics Field House. This event is held to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those who have passed. It also provides a support system for those who are currently battling cancer.
This year’s event featured fundraisers from campus groups including various Greek, religious, academic, and residence life organizations. Teams raised money by selling treats and offering games. More than 20 gift baskets were raffled off, as well as an autographed Lebron James jersey. UA a cappella groups performed as well.
The event is put on each year by the campus organization Akron Against Cancer in correspondence with the American Cancer Society. Nearly 1,000 participants this year raised more than $40,000.
Multiple ceremonies, such as the Luminaria ceremony, were held to honor people who have been affected by cancer. Akron Against Cancer also hosted a survivor dinner before the event to celebrate life and endurance in the fight against cancer.
UA senior Krista Mathis attended with co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She said they raised over $1,300 selling Pura Vida bracelets.
“It was exciting to see so many campus organizations supporting a great cause,” Mathis said.
This event is important for uniting students in awareness of a disease by which thousands of people are affected.
“As a survivor, I love coming and seeing the support from everyone,” shared student Cassie Milham, a junior studying child development. “It really means a lot, definitely more than I feel some may realize. Together, we’re making a difference in the fight against cancer, and that’s what matters most and [is] why I return each year. No loved one, young or old, should ever have to endure cancer.”