By Melissa Weisman
The 12-hour, overnight event known as Relay for Life is coming to LIU Post this spring. The walk, which aims to raise money for cancer research and patients, as well as spreading cancer awareness, will also celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against the disease.
“The event serves as a large-scale community service project and as a campus-wide program where students can come, have fun, and participate in an LIU Post-spirited event. Students will be encouraged to stay up throughout the night and take advantage of all the events have to offer,” said Michael Berthel, the associate director of the Office of Student
Life & Leadership Development, who is also coordinating Relay for Life.
Although Relay for Life events are popular in communities across Long Island, it has never made an appearance on Post’s campus. This will be the first time the student body and staff are holding the program, and many are thrilled about creating a new tradition on campus.
“I am really excited for Relay for Life because it has never been part of my college experience here. I have participated in the event all throughout my middle and high school years and I look forward to continuing it as a college student. Raising money for those with cancer while having a great time is the best way to tackle it,” said Amanda Gaimaro, a sophomore Speech Pathology major.
Post’s goal is to raise $25,000 or more, according to Berthel, for the American Cancer Society through hosting Relay for Life. Students can join teams with their friends, student clubs, or athletics teams. Students can also start their own team or join an existing one.
The event is going to take place on April 25, 2014 on the Great Lawn. It will begin at 5 p.m., with a ceremony and the activities and events will continue until 5 a.m.