Alonso Student News
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By: Axelle Antoine
Created to help the American Cancer Society fund innovative research, programs for crucial patient care, prevention and education information, fundraiser Relay for Life continues to help save lives every year. The American Cancer Society strives off the aid of thousands of participants, including donors and volunteers who complete the relay.
Operated by a great amount of people in a variety of communities in nearly 27 countries, to act against cancer, volunteers contribute their time and effort. These events bring those communities together to remember, honor, and raise money for all the brave survivors whom crossed cancer’s path. During the function, team members take turns walking around a path. Each function can last from six to twenty-four hours. To symbolize the never-ending of cancer, each team always has a member on the track. The team also sets up a campsite with a designated theme. They continue their fundraising by collecting donations for games, food, goods, and activities. The total gained money will eventually count towards the team’s fundraising goal.
Relay for Life has proven to be an amazing event that everyone should participate in, whether their family has been affected by cancer or not. Alonso High School’s very own students have partaken in this beautiful function as well. Junior, Bella Bozied, touches on her experience while Relaying. She states, “You are able to have fun with your friends while honoring those who are fighting and who have lost the fight against cancer.” Bella mentions a segment in the event, a heart-warming ceremony around 11 p.m., where all lights are turned off and luminaires, bags with messages, are lit and placed all around the track. She continues, “Everyone takes a few laps, arms around each other, as a soothing song plays; there’s crying and a lot of overwhelming feelings during this lap especially.” This truly signifies why these kind and considerate volunteers are there and raising the money in the first place.
Overall, Relay for Life is an astonishing event where really anyone could join and find great value in. Not only does it fundraise for an importance cause, but it brings various people together in order to remember the courageous victims of cancer.