The University of Alabama’s annual Relay for Life will be held Saturday on the University soccer fields starting at 6 p.m.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature charity event held annually across the nation to raise money to fight cancer. This overnight event is held to celebrate survivors, remember those who have lost the battle and raise funds to help combat the disease.
“We are here to support and honor our cancer survivors, as well as raise money for a great cause,” said Betsy Morrison, a community representative for the American Cancer Society.
Students and community members alike are invited to come out and walk in the name of fighting cancer. The goal for this year’s event is to raise $45,000 for the American Cancer Society, Morrison said.
The mission of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society is to bring people from all walks of life together with the aim of creating a world with more birthdays and less cancer. UA, along with hundreds of other universities, host Relay for Life events every year, helping college students make an impact in the name of cancer on campuses around the world.
“I got involved with Relay for Life because I’m passionate about being a part of the fight against cancer,” said Tiffany Noelle, a junior and publicity committee chair for the UA Relay for Life. “I have had friends lose the battle and win the battle, and I want to make a difference.”
Noelle said she is most looking forward to seeing the funds raised at the event and how they will go to impact the lives of families in need.
There are currently 39 teams signed up for Saturday’s event, representing many sororities, fraternities and student organizations across campus. These teams have also combined to raise around $25,000, close to half of this year’s goal.
For more information about the event or to join or create a team for Saturday, go to the American Cancer Society website, www.relayforlife.org. Information on remembrance luminaries and how to donate to the event can also be found on the website.