Sonoma State University students have joined the fight to cure cancer in this year's first ever Relay For Life event on campus set for May 15-16 on the track at the football field. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Survivor's Lap kicking off the event. There will be a Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. on Saturday. The Fight Back closing ceremony takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The Relay consists of several teams of people who are asked to have at least one team member on the track at all times during this 24-hour period, representing the notion that cancer never sleeps. So far 18 teams and 136 participants have signed up and begun fundraising for SSU's first annual Relay For Life raising more than $4,748 to date.
Participants will camp out at the relay, giving support to their team members on the track, as well as to the many cancer patients currently fighting back against the disease. The theme of this year's event is "An Evening at the Movies," so each team has been asked to take on a movie to decorate their site with and come up with a cancer-related twist for it.
Relay For Life is a 24-hour relay, recognizing the strength and bravery of cancer patients as they endure the fight against cancer. The event began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, ran and walked around a track for 24 continuous hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay For Life has grown from a single man's passion to fight cancer into the world's largest movement to end the disease, taking place all across the nation.
For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/sonomastateca or contact Jodi Roth, ASI Community Service Coordinator at (707) 664-3949.