Colleges Against cancer’ to host kick-off party Feb. 13

The Sam Houston State University chapter of Colleges Against Cancer is gearing up for its third annual Relay For Life with an informational meeting and kick-off party on Wednesday, Feb. 13.The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Old Main Pit on campus and will feature food, music and dancing. It will also serve as an informational meeting. “It’s a way for us to get students interested in participating,” CAC Public Relations Chair Krystle Foss said. In order to convey the spirit of the event, the party will also have a mock luminary ceremony, which honors those living and those who have lost their battle with cancerThe official luminary ceremony will kick off the Relay For Life event. The thirty-minute ceremony includes lighting candles in honor of those afflicted with cancer. The candles will illuminate the pathway that participants will walk on. “I’ve participated in a relay before, but not at Sam. I’m interested in this year’s relay because I have loved ones affected by cancer and I know how important this is,” Senior Nova Davis said. The CAC organized the relay after noting the turnout of the Walker County Relay For Life.”We formed the relay because we felt that there weren’t enough college students who participated in the Walker County relay,” Foss said. The relay, which is a 12-hour event, will be held at Bowers stadium from 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 12.Participants will form teams and take turns walking or running laps around the stadium.As well as giving college students the opportunity to exercise, the event will foster community support for cancer awareness. Last year’s relay had a turnout of approximately 300 participants. Other events that the CAC has planned for this semester include Kiss Away Cancer, an informational, and Spring Break Safety, which will focus on skin cancer and prevention.All funds raised will go to the American Cancer Society to support research and awareness.For more information, contact CAC Public Relations Chair Krystle Foss.

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