Members of the BSU community participated in the campus’ sixth annual Relay for Life, a 12 hour walk-a-thon to help promote and raise money for cancer awareness. The 700 faculty, staff and students who signed up for the event helped raise $73,600, surpassing the goal of $55,000.
“It is a party with a purpose, we raise money and awareness about cancer but it is also to have fun,” said Ashlee Downing, program coordinator.
This year, 54 teams took part in the walk, along with 25 cancer survivors. Sodexo, BSU’s food supplier had the largest team.
The Relay for Life was started in 1985 by Dr. Gordy Klatt, after he walked around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. Since then it has spread around the globe. BSU’s version featured a variety of performers, including comedians, dancers, DJs and more.
BSU Greek Life was been a key contributor to this year’s event as well as in years past. The three VIP teams who raised the most money toward the event’s goal were: Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Kappa Theta, and Delta Phi Epsilon.
This year, one of the co-chairs of the event, Kayla Hindle, received the Sandra C. Volunteer Values Award. For more information on the BSU Relay for Life log on here.
(Photos submitted, story by Shawn Finn ’13, University Advancement)