Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society’s signature event, “Relay for Life,” provides the opportunity for communities to participate in the fight against cancer. Western hosted the 24-hour event on March 30, 2012, in the Feldman Arena of the O’Neill Center.

Teams of 10-15 people had the chance to get together for the night to have fun and raise funds for the fight against cancer. Each team was asked to have a team member walking at all times, keeping the idea in mind that “cancer doesn't sleep, so neither do we.” Throughout the Relay, survivors were honored and a moment of silence was held to remember loved ones lost to the disease.

According to Debbie Ferreira, staff member for the American Cancer Society’s Danbury branch, 40 groups from the university signed up for the event. The groups included sports teams, sororities, fraternities and various student clubs.

The 2012 theme was “50 States of Relay.” Teams selected states to use as their campsite decorations and fundraising theme.


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A message on the O'Neill Center bleachers sums up the sentiment during the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.