Campus raises more than $30,000 with Relay for Life participation
By Arlene Austin
|Photo by Michele Johnson
Cancer survivors, wearing purple, were the first to walk around UNCP’s James B. Chavis University Center during Relay for Life on April 18 and 19 behind banners that proclaimed the motto for the event, ‘Celebrate. Remember, Fight back.’
“Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back” was the motto for UNCP’s second annual Relay for Life walk from 2 p.m. April 18 until 2 p.m. April 19. According to the website for Relay for Life, UNCP had the support of 964 participants and 46 teams, which raised a grand total of $38,782.43 for the American Cancer Society.
Individuals from various teams, teams as a whole and individuals, who came out for support walked the loop in front of the James B. Chavis University Center.
They walked for the full two days in order to signify that “cancer never sleeps.”
During the first day, cancer survivors were able to walk around the loop once to the song, “I Believe I Can Fly” by R &B singer R. Kelly.
The survivors were recognized for winning their battle against cancer. Later on, any individual that takes care of a cancer stricken individual was able to walk as care takers to the song, “For You I Will” by the R & B singer Monica.
For many people who attended Relay for Life, the Ceremony of Hope was one of the most moving parts, among many of the two–day event.
As the sun set and team members continued doing their laps to fight back against cancer, the night was brightened by the luminous glow of lighted white paper bags called Luminarias. The luminarias all have a special meaning, and were placed on bleachers behind the bookstore.
Some luminarias celebrate those individuals who have won the fight against cancer.
Many other luminarias were placed to signify those who have lost the battle against cancer.
All represent a person who has been tremendously affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to be touched by this experience every day.
“Relay for Life was a fun experience and I’m definitely glad to say that I was a part of helping someone with their fight against cancer, and being here to support those who have survived cancer was a honor,” said sophomore Jullian Pipkin.
“I lost a loved one to cancer and I now have respect...for people who either have overcome it or died from it,” he said.
More information about Relay for Life can be found at www.relay.acsevents.org.