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Penn State Relay For Life’s In-Person Event Returns April 9

Following two years of virtual events, Penn State Relay For Life‘s annual event is returning in person on Saturday, April 9, at Penn State’s Multi-Sport Facility.

This year, the organization will hold an eight-hour long event where teams continuously walk around the track to show that cancer never stops or rests. The event will feature various theme hours and ceremonies to keep the energy high and honor those involved in the fight against cancer.

This year’s theme hours are as follows

  • 2 p.m. — Opening Ceremony
  • 3 p.m. — Survivor Hour
  • 4 p.m. — Disco Hour
  • 5 p.m. — Power Hour
  • 6 p.m. — Fight Back Ceremony
  • 8 p.m. — Luminaria Ceremony (Luminaria bags will be personalized to honor a loved one who has passed away, is currently battling, or has overcome cancer)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Closing Ceremony and Total Reveal

Additionally, Relay For Life at Penn State will have various entertainment groups, including Penn State’s own Urban Dance Troupe at 3:25 p.m. The event will also feature face painting, games, crafts, raffles, and concessions.

April 9’s event is open to anyone who wishes to attend, including Penn State students, staff, alumni, and community members. Anyone who is not in the State College area but wishes to stay updated can follow along on Penn State Relay For Life social media pages (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) and watch the ceremonies through an online stream.

All money raised at Saturday’s event benefits the American Cancer Society. Funds will assist innovative research, education and prevention, and support for cancer patients and their families.

To date, Penn State Relay For Life has raised more than $1 million through all of its relay events combined. Last year’s fundraiser brought in more than $21,000.

Editor’s note: Onward State photographer Lily Whitmoyer is Penn State Relay For Life’s executive event director. She was not, in any way, involved in the production or creation of this post.

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