Hobart and William Smith will kick-off the 5th Annual Relay for Life with an honorary Survivor’s Lap to celebrate the lives of individuals who have battled cancer on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Gym.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer will join together on the track to take the first lap. Because no one fights cancer alone, friends, family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend the Survivor’s Lap and join their loved ones as they walk around the track.
The walk will continue through 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, when participants will walk the final lap. All members of the Colleges’ community are invited to participate.
During the overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, participants are encouraged to form teams and take turns walking around the track during the 12-hour event. This year’s fundraising goal is $40,000 and to date the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Relay for Life has fundraised more than $20,000.
“We already have 217 relayers participating on 44 different teams,” says Relay for Life Co-Chair Adam Brooks ’12.
The event will include many performances throughout the night, including three performances from the Colleges’ a cappella groups: Three Miles Lost, the Hobartones and Perfect Third. Additionally, the event will host campus organizations, a DJ, games, competitions and theme laps.
According to the American Cancer Society approximately 1.6 million individuals were diagnosed with cancer in 2010. If you would like to learn how you can join the fight visit www.relayforlife.org/hobartwilliamsmithcollege.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information on cancer call the American Cancer Society at 1 (800) ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.