On Friday, April 5th, Koehler Fieldhouse at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) was packed with hundreds of supporters fighting for a cure for cancer.
Relay for Life
One person can make a difference. Relay for Life was initiated in 1985 when Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Washington. He spent a tiring 24 hours circling the track to raise money to help the American Cancer Society. Spectators watched and supported Gordy as he went 83.6 miles and raised $27,000 from pledges to help
save lives of those effected by cancer. To get others involved, he envisioned having teams participate in a
24-hour fundraising event. And Relay for Life was born.
The first Relay for Life event took place just a year later and raised $33,000. Today, there are more than 2,500 Relay for Life events across the country to support and celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers.
East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, hosted their Relay for Life Mini on Friday, April 5th, at the Koehler Fieldhouse. Instead of the standard 24-hour fundraising event, ESU hosted a 12-hour Mini-Relay. The fun started with an opening ceremony where the Vocal Variation Club sang the National Anthem. Directly after, all cancer survivors and caregivers start the event with the first lap. As they walked around the track, spectators and teammates cheered them on.
Next, was the Luminaria Ceremony. To me, this is the most touching part of the event. The Luminaria Ceremony is the moment of silence given for the lives that have been taken from cancer, survivors, and for people still fighting the disease. From there, teams walked around the track filling the 12-hour event. The event was finished with a closing ceremony where they celebrated what they had accomplished.
This year, the ESU Mini-Relay broke many local records. The overall goal of the University was to raise $45,000 for the American Cancer Society. However, with help from 35 teams (Fraternities, Sororities, Clubs, Sports Teams, etc.) together they raised $46,058.68. This is the most East Stroudsburg University has ever raised during a Relay for Life event.
Phi Sigma Pi National Honor was the top team and raised $5,082. ESU Soccer came in a close second raising $4,186.
No donation is too small. And even better, you don’t need to be a part of a team to donate. You can join the Relay For Life General Fund or simply donate to the American Cancer Society. Every donation goes towards helping to fight in making this world cancer free!
Why do you Relay?