Lakeland hosting inaugural Relay for Life this weekend
Student Life - posted on 4/18/2008
Lakeland College's new Colleges Against Cancer chapter isn't wasting any time making impact in the fight against this dreaded disease.
Lakeland will host its inaugural American Cancer Society Relay for Life on Saturday, April 19, and student groups all over the campus have jumped on board lending their support.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and continue through 6 a.m. on Sunday. It will be held in the area west of the Laun Center, as the half-circle driveway and the Laun parking lot will be used to form a track for participants to walk throughout the event.
In the event of rain, organizers are making plans for the event to be held indoors.
There are 17 teams signed up, and approximately 200 students, their parents and Lakeland employees are participating. Teams are comprised of anywhere from eight to 15 people, and they're asking family and friends to donate money to their team in the fight against cancer.
"One person from each team always has to be walking on the track," said Lakeland senior Kelly Hopfinger, who founded Lakeland's Colleges Against Cancer chapter and has been a primary organizer in this weekend's Relay.
"It's meant to portray the stages of cancer, that you're still walking through the darkness and you walk into daylight, because you're always battling."
The event's opening ceremony is set for 6 p.m. with a welcome from Lakeland President Stephen Gould, and a representative from the American Cancer Society's Pewaukee office will also be on hand. The first lap of the event is a survivor lap, and several cancer survivors who have worked at Lakeland or have some connection to participants in the Relay will participate.
The event will include activities going on throughout the evening. Ag Silver, an indie band from Grand Rapids, Mich., will perform beginning at 9 p.m. They are sponsored by the Lakeland College-Campus Activities Board.
Every hour, on the hour, someone from Colleges Against Cancer will share a fact about cancer in an effort to educate everyone participating, and every half hour there will be a scavenger hunt with numerous prizes.
There is an Olympic theme for the evening, and each team will participate during the opening ceremony by carrying in their flag, similar to the opening ceremony at the Olympics. Games will be held throughout the evening, and the team that collects the most points will be declared the winning of the Olympics.
A luminaries ceremony will be held at approximately 10:30 p.m. Luminaries bearing the names of people who have survived cancer or were lost to cancer were sold during lunchtime at Lakeland throughout the week.
The event's closing ceremony will begin at 5:30 a.m. with announcements of the team that raised the most money and the winner of the Olympic games.
Students will have tents set up in the grass around the parking lot, as the campus comes together for a sort-of outdoor slumber party to help in the battle against cancer.
"There are teams representing the residence halls, sports teams, the Greeks and there is a faculty team," Hopfinger said. "We have gotten great support from the food service, security and maintenance departments on campus. Everyone is really coming together."
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