BY: KALEIGH UNDERWOOD
progress@eku.edu

More than $5,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society at Eastern’s Relay for Life on Friday.

Teams from various campus organizations took part in the 12 hour-long event, which started at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19 and concluded at 6 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at Alumni Coliseum.

“This year’s event drew 14 teams, which translates to nearly 300 participants,” said Alex Carson, Student Government Association (SGA) chief of staff and Relay for Life event coordinator. “These funds will help with patient care, cancer research, and education about cancer prevention and additional fundraising.”

Relay teams set up “camps” with displays and various activities. Carson said one team had a “decorate your own cupcake” station. At least one member of the team would be walking the track at any given time throughout the 12-hour duration.

Members would switch out after walking a number of laps, and another team member would take their place. This act was designed to be symbolic of the struggles of those affected by cancer.

Teams also held various fundraising events in the weeks leading up to the Relay for Life marathon and chose various methods to collect the donations. Some examples include T-shirt sales, online fundraisers and Zumba fundraisers. All the funds went to Relay for Life and were included in Friday’s final total.

Carson said the event in 2011 was the first in eight years. The registered student organization Colleges Against Cancer, established this year, helped organize the event.

“So many people have been affected by cancer,” said Jessica Heron, 22, child development major from Cincinnati and co-chair to the event. “Every person on this campus has been touched by this disease, so this is a great way to honor those that have passed.”

Among the groups in attendance were the Student Alumni Association, SGA, Pro Golf Management, The EKU Gurus, various sororities, fraternities and a myriad of other groups as well as individual students and faculty.

Rachael Lander, 18, biology major from Montoursville, Penn., was at the event representing Alpha Omicron Pi said Relay for Life was a chance to gain awareness and connect with those participating.

“It’s a good opportunity for sisterhood and to gain an appreciation for the cause,” Lander said.

Groups and individuals can continue to donate through June 20, and donations can be made online on the Relay for Life website.