Fighting Cancer One Step At a Time
More than 80 teams gathered for Relay For Life in Webb Center at Old Dominion University Friday, April 12. Various baked goods, fundraisers and activities filled the area and many teams raised money for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.
The event started Friday at 7 p.m. until Saturday at 7 a.m. and included a walking route through Webb Center.
The relay consisted of three main events to include a celebration for people that survived their diagnoses with cancer and later became healthy, the Luminaria Ceremony which remembered those loved ones lost during their battles with cancer, and a Fight Back Ceremony which encouraged participants to take more actions in the future against the disease.
A total of $42,652.74 was raised by the ODU Relay For Life event. The top three contributors included the Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) Relay for Life (RFL) Committee team, the Pi Beta Phi VA Delta team and the ODU Anime Club team.
Committee member Aaron Hodnett of the CAC Relay team gave insight on why the event is an important part in raising awareness for cancer.
“Relay For Life is an important event because it is a massive celebration for those battling cancer. Relay For Life serves as an outlet to those who have lost a loved one, currently serving as a caregiver, and those who are survivors. The event gives them the chance to celebrate and feel appreciated, [those] who are detrimentally affected by this deadly disease,” Hodnett said.
A few of the participants in the event were survivors of cancer, including a young girl that survived leukemia. Others walked for friends, family members or spouses that had passed away because of the disease.
ODU’s involvement in Relay for Life was one way to support the ACS, but there are other ways an ODU student can join the fight against cancer.
Hodnett stressed the important of leading a healthy and active lifestyle to prevent the likelihood of getting cancer and other health complications. He said those conscious of their health and giving back to others will help their own mind, soul and spirit.
“They will look to see and do more positive things in their lives,” Hodnett said. “They will make a conscious effort to help find a cure by doing a good deed and by making a contribution.”
By Jessica Scheck