UWF hosts overnight event for cancer research

By Hannah Gainer
Staff writer

The University of West Florida will hold their annual Relay For Life event beginning 7 p.m. Friday and go until 2 a.m. Saturday morning at the campus soccer field.

This event is open to the community and students, and there is not a fee to attend the event, but to register to participate online is $15.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. It is a team-fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path.

Each event is 6-24 hours in length, and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.

“There will be an opening ceremony followed by a lap taken on the track by survivors and caregivers,” Community Development Manager Kristen Broderdorp said. “Games and entertainment throughout the evening, and a luminaria ceremony to remember those we have lost and a closing ceremony at the end of the event.”

Each team will be selling fundraising items that go along with this year’she theme: Carnival for a Cure. Teams set up campsites at the event and continue their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, and activities.

Guests can also purchase luminaria bags to celebrate or remember a loved one who has or had cancer, and the money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal.

“We are always looking for volunteers to help with the planning committee for 2019 or day of event opportunities,” Broderdorp said.

Contact James Hebbel, at jmh123@students.uwf.edu or (727) 422-4120 for more information.

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