EKU’s Relay for Life hosted its first annual Fright Against Cancer in the Ravine Tuesday, Oct. 30.
The event featured several booths sponsored by other campus organizations including Green Dot, Alpha Phi Omega and the Black Student Union.
These organizations hosted a variety of activities for students attending, such as a Halloween-themed sensory booth, face painting, origami station, Jenga and an egg toss. Free candy and snacks were handed out.
Relay for Life also accepted monetary donations at the Green Dot booth.
Daishiaa Rogers, representative for the Minority Collegiate Connections, enjoyed running her organization’s sensory booth at the event.
“Our philanthropy is focused on breast cancer, so this was a great opportunity for us to reach out and show our support for the fight against cancer,” Rogers said.
Throughout the evening, students decorated paper bags in honor of loved ones who have had, are currently battling, or have passed away from cancer. The bags were turned into paper lanterns for a luminaria ceremony at dusk.
“It was very moving to see it all lit up,” Meghan Evans, a sophomore, said. “I think it was a great way to pay tribute to the cancer patients we’ve lost. So many people here know someone who’s had cancer. It affects so many people, and it’s very important to show support.”
For Peyton Brock, EKU’s Relay for Life president, the cause hits very close to home.
“My mom had cancer when I was in high school,” Brock said. “I started with Relay for Life in college. I attended one ceremony in high school, but whenever I came here and saw we had a chapter on campus, I joined as a freshman.”
Brock is serving her first year as president of the organization.
The Fright Against Cancer concluded with a showing of Disney’s Hocus Pocus on the ravine stage, with the luminaria tribute lights glowing brightly below the projection screen.
Brock said the event was a great way for Relay for Life to engage with the campus and spread awareness.
“We have had events in the past but nothing like this before. We’ve had events in the auxiliary gym in Alumni, but that location isn’t as ideal and we don’t have as great of a turn out there.”
Relay for Life is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1985 by the American Cancer society, and has since raised an estimated $5 billion to support cancer research. The organization also educates on cancer detection, prevention, and treatment, with connections to online support communities for patients and survivors.
More than 5,000 Relay for Life events are hosted in over 20 countries each year.
EKU’s chapter is affiliated with both Colleges Against Cancer and the American Cancer Society. Membership is open to all EKU students.
Students who are interested in joining EKU’s Relay for Life can contact the organization through its social media pages on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Meetings take place monthly.
Upcoming events sponsored by Relay for Life will be also be announced on social media.