By Mary-Lyn Buckley
Relay for Life returns to Rider for the seventh consecutive year, bringing tradition, inspiration and change. Relay for Life is the kick-off event for President Gregory Dell’Omo’s inauguration. It will take place April 2-3 in the Student Recreation Center with a Hollywood-inspired theme, “Lights, Camera, Action for a CURE.”
All proceeds raised at the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society, helping professionals participate in cancer-related research. Donations are also geared toward providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. The goal amount for this year’s Relay for Life is $60,000, according to Relay for Life: Mission and Advocacy Committee Team leader Marissa Mancuso.
“We are almost halfway there,” she said. “We came up with it as a committee, along with the theme. Some ideas were thrown around and we collectively agreed on ‘Lights, Camera, Action for a CURE.’”
Relay for Life committees consist of: survivor/caregiver, fundraising, recruitment/recognition, entertainment council, Luminaria/ceremonies and decorations.
“The best part about being a part of the Relay for Life committee is being able to come together for such an amazing event” said senior sociology and criminal justice major Samanda Rodriguez.
Standard registration will be held at 5 p.m. with early registration taking place from 10-12 p.m. Relay for Life will feature performances from various Rider University groups, and offer a variety of activities including Zumba, Bingo, Sand Art and the mini-competition where students will perform a talent and collect donations competing for the Miss and Mr. Relay titles. The Luminaria Ceremony and Memorial Hour will honor individuals who have lost their lives to cancer.
In addition, Relay for Life will also feature Pantene Beautiful Locks, an opportunity for students who have raised a minimum $100 to donate at least 8 inches of their hair. Undyed hair is required, and will be made into a wig given to female cancer patients.
There are several events that are taking place prior to the actual Relay for Life event, such as Designer Bingo, and a student vs. faculty basketball game, taking place March 31 in Alumni Gym. Committee members feel this will increase fundraising opportunities.
A dinner will be held April 2 to honor individuals and families who have battled or cared for someone with cancer. The dinner serves as a celebration of the survivors who inspire all individuals to keep fighting.
Multiple teams have been formed from clubs, Greek organizations, athletic teams and other student groups. Relay for Life’s Fundraising committee has created the option to “sponsor a lap,” allowing each team to have a group moment to shine.
“We are off to a great start on fundraising, especially with the events being offered,” said junior public relations major Samantha Miller. “Everyone is just waiting in anticipation for Relay to take place.”
Relay for Life is planned to wrap up at 5 a.m. Sunday, April 3.
Printed in the 3/30/16 edition.