Relay for Life started over thirty years ago with a single man walking around a track by himself for an entire day. His marathon fundraiser inspired countless communities to walk as well, and today, Relays for Life are hosted across the globe, raising millions of dollars annually.
Last year Relay for Life of Penn State raised over $1 million for the American Cancer Society. This year, the relay is back in a new location, hoping to raise even more for the cause. The overnight walk-a-thon starts this Saturday behind the HUB and marks the first major event hosted on the HUB lawn since its renovation.
Penn State is one of the largest Universities to support Relay for Life. Our 24-hour relay will feature live performances, guest speakers, music, games, raffles, and visits from Penn State athletes. Representatives from brands like Love Your Melon, KIND Bar, and PINK will also be in attendance. Click here for more information on Penn State’s event.
These walk-a-thons are the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraising effort with all proceeds going towards the education, support, and treatment of cancer patients. However, the relays themselves are more than just fundraisers. Each 24-hour event celebrates survivors, encourages fighters, and inspires communities to fight year-round for the cure.
Each Relay for Life features special ceremonies honoring those who have been affected by cancer. The Luminaria is one of the most recognizable events where participants can purchase and decorate bags dedicated to someone who has battled the disease. These bags are filled with candles and line the walking path to encourage over-night relayers to keep up the fight. For more information on the Luminaria ceremony at Penn State, check out this video.
Our event will start this Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. If you are interested in walking, there’s still time to register as an individual or team. Visit this link for more information. Even if you don’t plan on walking, faculty, students and community members are welcome to come to the event, enjoy the festivities and support the cause.
Editor’s Note: Penn State’s Relay for Life has been moved inside the HUB due to the weather.