This article was published in The Samford Crimson on April 27, 2012.*
Samford will host its second annual Relay for Life in Homewood Central Park on April 27. Relay for Life is the main fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.
“It is the world’s largest movement for fighting cancer, bringing together more than 3.5 million people each year. It provides funding and awareness that enables the American Cancer Society to help find cures, get well and fight back,” Relay Event Director for Samford Rachael Sarrett said.
Sarrett, a senior from Nashville, Tenn., first got involved with Relay for Life in high school and was influential in restarting Relay for Life at Samford.
There are 12 Samford teams that have already signed up to walk on Friday including Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Chi, RUF, University Ministries, University Fellows and Gamma Sigma Sigma.
Last year Samford raised more than $10,000 for the American Cancer Society, and this year the goal is $12,000.
Many teams have done fundraising to help Relay for Life in addition to participating in the walk.
Avery Harrison, a sophomore history major, is passionate about participating in Relay for Life because of what it stands for, the community it brings and because cancer has affected her personally.
“I relay in memory of my father who passed away from brain cancer when I was 16 and I relay in honor of my grandmother and boyfriend who are recent survivors,” Harrison said.
Harrison not only supports Relay for Life through walking, but she also does fundraising for the American Cancer Society through her involvement in Phi Mu sorority.
This past Sunday, Phi Mu raised $200 for the American Cancer Society through a spaghetti dinner fundraiser.
Harrison and the sorority have a goal of raising an additional $1,800. They, along with many other teams, will be selling food and hosting different games and activities during the race, with the proceeds going towards the American Cancer Society.
More than 300 Samford students like Sarrett and Harrison have gotten involved and signed up to walk different time slots between 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
If you have not signed up for a team yet, it isn’t too late.
You can still show up on Friday and walk to support ACS.
There will be music, food, inflatables, dodgeball and Zumba.
No matter what time you show up, there will be people walking and activities going on.
*You can find the article here. All words are my own, but the photos were added in by The Crimson staff.