Every spring, Waynesburg students rally together to generate awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A representative from each student group on campus must walk for an hour at a time, making sure a team member is always on the course. The public is cordially invited to attend and enjoy food, games and prizes.
During this year’s “Disney” themed relay, campus organizations sell food and products as well as host activities to engage the campus and community in the fundraising cause. Organizations are also encouraged to fundraise as teams or individually before the event.
“It is crucial for each student group to fundraise,” said Theresa Butler, junior accounting major and president of the Mini-Relay for Life. “Without each different club and organization, it would be impossible to host this event on campus and reach our overall goal.”
The event will commence with a morning service led by Reverend James Tinnemeyer, University chaplain and director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry at the University and an opening ceremony led by University President Douglas G. Lee.
According to Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services, Relay for Life gives the community hope because everyone is striving to make a difference in finding a cure for cancer. Every year, Hardie and the relay captains establish a certain monetary goal.
“This year we hope to reach an overall goal of $16,000,” said Hardie. “If every team reaches their individual goals, this will be 100 percent possible.”
The Mini Relay for Life will conclude with an acoustic Upper Room service and a closing ceremony with an American Cancer Society Representative.
“Everybody has someone in their life that has been touched by cancer,” said Megan Bayles, junior public relations major and vice president of the Mini-Relay for Life. “It is important for everyone to get involved in Relay for Life and help find a cure.”
The 2015 Relay for Life officers are:
- President: Theresa Butler, a senior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa. (Laurel Highlands Senior High School)
- Vice President: Megan Bayles, a junior public relations major from Carmichaels, Pa. (Carmichaels Area Junior-Senior High School)
- Survivorship: Nicole Zimmel, a junior early childhood education major from Slippery Rock, Pa. (Slippery Rock Area High School)
- Online Chair: Brittany Orndoff, a senior secondary education major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
- Main Stage Chair: Emily Hoffman, a senior secondary education major from Salisbury, Md. (Salisbury Christian School)
For more information, contact Hardie at email@example.com or 724-852-3461.