Clarion, Pa.- Relay for Life 2016 at Clarion University held a press conference on Feb. 24 to field questions from local media, students and faculty.
Relay for Life is one of the most anticipated events of the year at the university, with many students and student organizations participating in the 24-hour charity event. The Clarion relay, like many others across the nation, is orchestrated to spread awareness and raise money for cancer research and treatment.
Cammeron Ogden, the chairman of Clarion University’s Relay for Life, held the press conference with her colleagues Emily Cooper, Jarrett Boxley and Carlee Freeburg. While the group answered questions, students made donations and signed up to participate in Relay for Life individually and as groups.
Cooper stated, “I like to be a part of something bigger,” in reference to the event. She enjoys recruiting and spreading awareness for a charitable cause.
Many on-campus organizations participate in the event. They include Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) in the social sciences, Greek Life groups and academia-related extracurricular clubs. The Student Honors Association and Eagle Media Production House are just two of many organizations that have pledged to the cause.
Alexis Grubic, treasurer of the Clarion College Republicans, said that it is her organization’s first time participating in Relay for Life. The RSO is participating because “It’s a good cause and something fun that we can do as a group.”
She also stated that Relay for Life allows the Clarion College Republicans to be more involved on campus and get their name out as an organization.
History Club President Alex Elias said that her club participates every year and that Relay for Life “is a great way to become closer as a team and a club.”
Each year, Relay for Life at Clarion University picks a different theme to celebrate survivors and combat cancer. This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Relay!” and centers on film and movies. Organizations and individuals participating in the event will choose a movie and dress in costumes representative of their favorite characters. These displays of student spirit will culminate in a costume contest during the event.
Elias also stated that the History Club has not yet chosen their movie for the theme, but are considering many historical films. Elias also said her club loves “to volunteer and donate money. We jump at the chance to raise money for cancer research every year.”
Relay for Life is held not only to remember passed loved ones, but also to celebrate survivors of cancer and help those fighting cancer through donations and solidarity.
Jarrett Boxley, one of the Relay for Life representatives at the press conference, said, “It’s important to take part in an event that means so much to so many people.”
The Clarion chapter showed that the university is motivated in their efforts to make Relay for Life 2016 as great as they can by getting the word out through the conference and events in the Gemmell rotunda. Music and games kept pledging students and clubs busy while they planned their Relay for Life strategies.
A lot of planning goes into every facet of Relay for Life; accordingly, community and campus outreach will continue as the days count down to the highly anticipated campus event. Relay for Life 2016 will take be held in the Clarion University Recreation Center and begin on Friday, April 15 at 8 a.m. The event will continue throughout the day and night, ending at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Students can visit www.relayforlife.org/paclarionuniversity to donate.