More than 250 Frostburg State University students are expected to take part in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, at the FSU soccer and softball fields on campus, with a goal of raising $15,000 in the fight against cancer.
Teams made up of 10 to 15 volunteers each will take turns walking, jogging, even wheel-chairing around a track and camping out in tents and other make-shift accommodations during the two-day event.
An hour-long survivors’ reception, donated by Aramark Campus Food Service at FSU, is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening, April 28. More than 20 cancer survivors are expected to attend the reception. Those cancer survivors attending will sign a giant banner that will be carried by the group when they take the first lap around the track to mark the start of the Relay for Life. There will be music, dancers and other entertainment throughout the Relay and prizes will be awarded for outstanding campsites.
Following the first lap by the survivors, wearing purple sashes, the volunteers from the more than 33 participating teams will begin the marathon walk with at least one member from each team on the track for the length of the Relay.
At dusk, the stadium lights are turned off for a luminaria ceremony in which over 150 candles are lit in separate containers around the track in memory of relatives or friends who were victims of cancer. Closing ceremonies Saturday are scheduled for 6 a.m. when top fund-raising individuals and teams will be awarded prizes.
More than 24 teams took part in last year’s Relay for Life, raising over $12,000. Team volunteers have been conducting a variety of fund-raising projects throughout much of the year to help swell the income for the American Cancer Society’s programs of research, prevention, detection, advocacy and patient services. For more information, call the FSU Center for Volunteerism and National Service at 301-687-4210.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.