DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University students hope to tie the campus and the community together with the sixth annual Relay For Life event in April.
Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraiser designed to raise awareness of cancer and provide support to those who are fighting the disease.
The Colleges Against Cancer Chapter at Misericordia University has held the event annually since 2011 and raised over $100,000 for the nonprofit organization, said Paul Krywicki, assistant director of marketing at Misericordia University in Dallas Township.
Last year, the University’s Relay For Life attracted over 600 participants and raised $42,876.62 from donations from businesses and guests, said Nicole Sadler, event committee chairwoman and a junior at Misericordia University.
This year the goal is to raise over $46,000, said Sarah Smith, event committee chairwoman and sophomore at Misericordia University.
By making the event more family-friendly, Sadler and Smith hope the community will join the University’s fight against cancer.
“Our theme this year is Disney,” said Smith, 20, of Bangor, Pennsylvania. “Our event slogan is ‘Wish Upon A Cure.’”
Also, the overnight event is four hours shorter than last year, Smith said.
“Last year the event ran from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.,” twenty-year-old Sadler of Florence, New Jersey said. “This year’s Relay for Life will be held from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. April 15 and 16 in Anderson Sport-Health Center.”
Participants are not required to stay for the entire night, Sadler said.
Other activities planned include Mickey Mouse’s “Mousercise.” “Mousercise” was a popular Disney aerobic show that started in 1982.
Also, David Blight School of Dance performers will entertain the crowds, Smith said. While a disk jockey will add some pep to steps as he keeps tunes flowing into the morning hours.
Many standard features of the fundraiser will remain, including a light dinner for cancer survivors and their caregivers at the Anderson Sport-Health Center and special themed laps such as:
• a Survivors Lap, in which all participants line the track and cheer on cancer survivors;
• a Virtual Lap, during which walkers can complete a lap for a family member or friend who is in cancer treatment, a survivor, or someone who lost their life to the disease;
• a Frozen Lap, walked to the music from Disney’s movie “Frozen;” and
• a Luminaria Lap, a silent walk lit by luminary bags in remembrance of those who lost the battle and to those still fighting to beat the disease.
“The Luminaria Lap is very emotional,” Smith said.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, she said.
“All money raised will go to the American Cancer Society,” Sadler said.
For more information visit, www.relayforlife.org/pamisericordia.
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