Relay for Life Impacts Campus

April 27, 2012

Urbana University raised several thousand dollars this Friday for its eigth annual Relay for Life, a national American Cancer Society fundraiser for cancer research.

Between walking and financial supporting the efforts, more than 100 members of the Urbana University community engaged in Relay efforts.  Susie Sassenberg, has helped raise almost $75,000 at Urbana University for the cause.  She has served as the event chairperson for eight consecutive years and said, “ I think we can all be proud of the working to support this cause.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support in this university-wide event.”

President Jones’ annual bike ride led a 22-hour overnight bike ride that kicked off at 4 p.m. at the Student Center.  More than 200 miles were rode and at no time were there less than five riders accompanying him.  Jones stated, “Relay for Life focuses our collective energies on fighting a malevolent foe – we can conquer cancer by coming together in common cause. Relay is all about lifting each other above self in joint purpose.”

The relay walk was held from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the campus quad near the Student Center.

The night began with a kick-off from Student Body President Sarah Hotham, who welcomed attendees and wrapped up with, “Let’s get this party started!”   Following the welcoming was a survivor lap.  The speaker was Angela Boggs Brockman ’06, a faculty and staff person and cancer survivor. 

During Relay’s survivors’ lap, three survivors walked while people cheered from the sidelines.

“When I spoke, I saw tears from other participants and knew I was not alone in my journey.  The experience made me realize how lucky I am to be not just surviving, but living with cancer.  All the people who came to support Relay for Life made me realize that cancer does not stand a chance.  A cure might not be found tomorrow, but eventually cancer will be knocked out for good.  The money raised through Relay for Life is helping fund the research that is keeping me alive.  Eventually that same research will lead to a cure.  I want to be alive to see that happen,” said Angela Boggs Brockman. 

A member of Team Urbana was required to walk at all times, in accordance with the Relay slogan: “Cancer never sleeps. Neither do we.”

Between laps, participants played on the inflatable and competed in Minute-To-Win-It, hosted by Dan and Tammy Leiker.  Dessert raffle tickets were sold by Small Steps, UU's Community Service Organization.
Hotham, also the President of Urbana’s Colleges Against Cancer, said seeing different groups work together was when she knew Relay hit the mark.  "My favorite thing about Relay was the students, faculty and staff, and the community coming together to show their concern and to dedicate their time and money to such a great cause,” Hotham said.  “It is events such as Relay for Life and the people who came that makes me believe and have hope that one day we will FIND A CURE!"

Pictures from the event can be found online.
 

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