Mary Baldwin University students will be awake all night Saturday, April 8 not to write papers or study for exams. They will raise $25,000 for cancer research, educational programs, and services for cancer patients and their families.
The fourth American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Mary Baldwin kicks off at the Physical Activities Center Track Field. The 13-hour fundraiser will run from 6 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. Students, faculty, staff, and local community members will form teams to walk around the track and spend the night enjoying games, live entertainment, and other spirited activities. Local businesses have donated items to be used as door prizes.
Relay teams consist of eight to 15 people. One member at a time walks or runs around the track relay style. Teams make a commitment to having one member on the track at all times. Every relay consists of a survivor’s lap and a luminaria ceremony. Students, in teams, have raised money through projects and, individually, have solicited pledges for each lap they complete around the college track.
The first Relay for Life was held in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington. Today, the event is held in about 3,000 communities and raises more than $240 million. It is the single largest nonprofit fundraising event in the nation. Mary Baldwin’s own Relay events have raised nearly $15,000 each year.