Relay for Life: Penn State Students Walk for a Cure
24 hours and 1 goal: beat cancer. From dancing for 46 hours to camping out for 24, Penn State students really step up to the plate to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer. Penn State continues the fight at the Agriculture Fields on Orchard Road tomorrow with Relay for Life.
Relay for Life at Penn State is an overnight event providing 24 hours of live family entertainment which includes contest, children games, hair cutting and story sharing. Teams bring tents and “party with a purpose,” that purpose being beating cancer.
The Relay begins on Friday at 5:00 pm when teams of people camping out begin taking turns walking countless laps celebrating, remembering, and fighting.
The Survivors Lap kicks off Relay with the survivors circling the track celebrating those who won in the fight against cancer. Starting at 8:30 pm, participants will honor those affected by cancer and remember lives loss by cancer and remember in the Luminaria Ceremony.
Teams will light candle bags filled with sand along the walk representing each person affected by cancer. The ceremony is one of the most inspirational and emotional walks during the Relay. Participants and supports can purchase a Luminaria tribute at their website for $10 or $5 at the event until 8pm Friday.
Other events range from a rave at 9:30pm on Friday to a Volleyball Tournament at 2pm Saturday.
Relay is truly a testament to Penn State students’ passion and motivation for a cause. Last year, through countless hours, Relay for Life raised a record breaking $101,273and plan on breaking that this year. It really shows how driven Penn State students are toward making a difference. Cancer never sleeps, and Penn State students sure never stop fighting. Fight on, State.
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With no canning weekends held this year and canvassing eventually suspended as well, this year’s total is a testament to how committed THON volunteers truly are.
Totals aside, congratulations to every organization that volunteered with THON throughout this year to raise more than $10 million for the kids.
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