The Lock Haven University Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) chapter recently held its annual 12-hour Relay For Life event from 6 p.m. Friday, March 23 to 6 a.m. Saturday, March 24 in the Student Recreation Center.
Approximately 350 individuals making up 24 different teams participated in this year’s event. Students raised money prior to and during the event – coming into the night with more than $21,000 and raising nearly $6,000 throughout the 12-hour event.
The LHU CAC executive board consists of: Olivia Gross, secretary and RFL co-chair; Hannah Zerbe, vice president and RFL co-chair; Kaila Hunter, RFL co-chair; Alyssa Henry, president; Tabitha Schappell, treasurer; and Catherine Brown, survivorship and luminaria chair.
“We were very honored to be a part of this event and have it be such a success,” Gross said. “We surpassed our goal by over $6,000 and raised over $2,000 more than last year!”
Various campus clubs and organizations sponsored events and competitions throughout the night. Psych Club sponsored a hula dance competition and Athletic Training Club sponsored jousting with pool noodles. CAC sponsored two rounds of BINGO; a live performance; a concessions stand; and numerous raffles for items including a TV, a Coach purse, and a Keurig.
Other games and activities that individuals could participate in throughout the night included Just Dance, corn hole, mini golf, a doughnut eating contest, and Zumba. There also were 11 people who cut and donated their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to be made into free wigs for cancer patients.
Six cancer survivors participated in the traditional survivor lap. They also were honored during a survivor ceremony, during which a survivor shared her story with the audience. Each survivor was honored with a shirt, flower, pin, chocolate, and a gift bag.
“Every caregiver present at the event made a ‘bridge of hope,’ where we had survivors run underneath to start our first lap of the night, which was a very cool thing,” Gross said.
All money raised during the event benefitted the Relay For Life of Lock Haven University and the American Cancer Society.
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