Relay for Life hits stride at Canisius

By Sydney Bucholtz

Features Contributor

The annual Relay for Life event will be held at the Canisius College Koessler Athletic Center this Friday, April 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. This overnight event, which is set up by a team of volunteers, involves themed food, games, and performances from the CrescenDON’Ts and Chorale, amongst other activities. This year, the Colleges Against Cancer club, who organizes and plans the event each year, has decided on an Olympics-themed relay.  According to the club’s President, Kendra Kosten, “you will find many ‘Minute-To-Win-It activities, fun little games, a limbo lap, pool noodle javelin, photo booth with your favorite Olympians and an Olympian decked-out KAC.  We won’t tell you everything as not to spoil the surprise!”  The funds raised at Relay will benefit the American Cancer Society.  

Colleges Against Cancer has been preparing for this event since the beginning of the school year.  The club has taken part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and also volunteer trips to the Hope Lodge of Buffalo, where they baked for the residents battling cancer.  Colleges Against Cancer has also sponsored a Relay Kick-Off where people could register for Relay for Life, as well as participated in a Great American Smokeout event, also called GASO, where the advocacy chair, Patrick Murray, worked with the Western New York Tobacco Free group and developed a tobacco-free initiative for the student body to sign.  

Relay for Life is an indubitably uplifting event, whether it be in the Canisius Koessler Center, or at any of the other numerous participating high schools and colleges.  The mission of the event, as explained by Colleges Against Cancer Co-Vice President, Connor Rosenecker, can be described as follows: “Cancer, evidently, is a catastrophic disease that so fiercely takes the lives of so many loved.  It is our responsibility, as humans and as brothers and sisters to each other, to govern and steward our responsibility to one another by guarding the previous beauty of life.  Supporting Relay is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to do this.  Participating in Relay takes it a step further, giving us a chance to empower our communities and express our excitement about actually being able to help save lives. Relay saves lives. By participating in Relay, we save lives.”

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