It’s my second year now of doing Relay for Life at Western and I am regretting not doing it sooner. WOU had their annual relay this last weekend and it was a great experience. Almost everyone there was impacted or affected by cancer in some sort of way. A few people even got to share their stories and inspire other people to never give up and to “Fight the Fight”.
I got there at around 7 with my Kappa Sigma group. It was a real nice set up with a tent, old school Nintendo set up and some board games for people to play. I ended up doing some homework for most of my free time.
My team last year had a gavel as the baton but this year we improvised and used an old football, which made those long walks less boring with some friendly passes to other relay participants. I only expected to stay a few hours max but the whole positive feel of the relay mixed with some great friends made it hard to want to leave, so I stayed… The WHOLE night.
The whole night was great. There were activities throughout the night so people had events to look forward to. People did things from “Simon says” competitions, Jeopardy games to Frisbee throw offs. Also throughout the night we had some performances by some fellow students that included a dance routine and spoken word poem.
In between breaks was a great time to do homework converse with friends and also watch the dance team do their dance-o-grams for other teams to raise funds for the relay. Other teams also had baked goods that they sold, or even painted other relay participants’ nails.
It wasn’t too hard to stay up the whole night. It definitely didn’t hurt that the two Red Bull women brought their backpack coolers too. I downed about 5 of those bad boys throughout the night and didn’t doze off once.
The ending was great. Every team got together for the final lap and walked together through the finish line. As you walk along some people you can see the hundreds of tally marks that people have marked on their arms for every lap they had walked. The closing remarks really showed how much these relays mean to some people. This event raised more than $6000 in funds for cancer research. I definitely want to come back and participate next year.
By Kevin Gutierrez