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Sarah Barb

Relay for Life: Uniting for a cause

This year’s Relay for Life brought back some familiar traditions and ramped up the event a notch. Attended by 40 teams and two bands, Relay was bigger than ever before. Part of Colleges against Cancer, Roanoke College has been doing the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for 11 years.

The Relay for Life committee here on campus starts planning for this event early in the fall semester by getting funds in the budget and lining up donations from the college. All of this planning culminates in an event that involves a large portion of the campus community, from professors and Greek organizations to groups of friends who make a team all united in the strong belief that there is hope to beat cancer. Uniting under a cause allows for people who do not normally socialize with each other to get together. Relay for Life brings people together, because everyone has been touched by cancer in some way.

The two bands that performed, besides Roanoke College’s own a cappella groups, were We Shoot the Moon and the local MyRadio that includes two Roanoke Alumni. Both bands gave an excellent performance, making Relay-ers repeat after each song, “These guys are good.” They helped Relay-ers keep pace by entertaining them.

At the start of the night, the teams were only about $7,000 from their $25,000 goal. Even though the goal has now been made, teams can still raise money until August. Janey Peel, member of the Relay for Life Committee, said, “People do not realize that they can raise money after the event. This has been a problem in the past.” Remember, readers, cancer is a disease that affects all of us, and your help can bring us a little closer to eradicating this disease.