UAB Relay for Life All-Night Event on the Green Starts Friday

By on April 8, 2014
Relay for life will take place April 13 at the UAB Mini-Park from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. www.cancer.org

College students know how to pull an all-nighter. We do it for midterms, we do it for fun and some UAB students even do it for Cancer research.

This Friday, April 11, UAB Relay for Life invites students to stop by the green and join them in an all-night fundraiser in support of the American Cancer Society.

The event, which will run from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., will include activities, a jazz band, dancing, and a commemoration ceremony.

Participants can also dedicate a luminaria bag to a loved one affected by cancer. Luminaria, paper bags containing votive candles, are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay for Life Event. They can be personalized with a name, photo, message, or drawing in honor of said friend or loved one.

The event is intended to be both a celebration of those who overcame cancer and a commemoration of those who lost the battle.

Taylor Penick, UAB Relay for Life’s Media Chair, encourages any student who has been affected by cancer to come out and show their support.

Penick decided to become a part of UAB Relay for Life because she has seen family and friends overcome cancer, and their success stories drew her to the cause.

She described the positive atmosphere she felt last year and has been working with her fellow committee members to make the event successful.

“We just want everyone to come out, feel welcome, join teams, and have a goodnight,” Penick said.

The event’s main attraction will be a commemoration ceremony in which students and event attendees will light luminaries, floating lanterns, and tiki torches. All of these items will be available for purchase at the event, and the proceeds will go to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Last year’s Relay for Life managed to raise $16,000. Looking beyond last year’s feat, Penick and her team are hoping to raise even more money.

The Relay for Life tent will have donation centers and students are encouraged to ask family and friends to donate online through relayforlife.org/UAB . There are currently 18 teams that have registered and 45 people are participating.

To join UAB Relay for Life or make a donation, go to relayfor life.org/UAB or follow them at twitter.com/UABRelayforlife.

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