Hofstra students, faculty, and staff will gather at the campus intramural fields this Saturday, April 26 at 5 pm to participate in the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay For Life, which raises funds for cancer research.
Last year, the Hofstra community raised more than $111,000, setting a new campus record. Hofstra’s event raised the third highest total in Nassau County and was among the top five in metro New York. This year’s goal has been set at $115,000.
Taylor Cary, a junior who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 16, will speak at this year’s event as a student survivor. “I do Relay because every time I go back for a check-up at the children’s hospital, I want to see the waiting room less busy,” she said. She is majoring in legal studies in business and minoring in Chinese, and this is her fifth year participating in the fundraiser.
The Relay for Life event is held overnight as individuals and teams camp out in tents on the campus’ intramural fields, with at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Most teams raise funds prior to the event, but this year some teams will host a bone-marrow swab, dunk tank, and a Zumba class as fundraisers at the camp site.
A key feature of the evening is the the Luminaria ceremony, during which participants, cancer survivors, and caregivers place illuminated paper bags along the track in honor of those who have successfully battled the disease and to remember those who have died.
“I love having the opportunity to work with such amazing students on Relay, and really support all it stands for,” said Patricia Montagano, senior assistant dean of students and director of recreation and intramural sports, who has worked with the event’s student organizers for several years. “This event truly brings our campus community together, and I hope this year we continue to break records through the generous donations that come in.”
Relay for Life began in May 1985, when Tacoma, Wash., colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt began a 24-hour, 83-mile walk around a track and raised $27,000 in donations for his local American Cancer Society office.