The American Cancer Society’s mission is simply to “free the world from cancer,” an assertion that is supported by their efforts to fundraise for research, share information and support patients – efforts that all culminate at their annual Relay for Life events.
“Relay for Life was a great way for the community to come together for a great cause,” senior Emma Sheridan said. “I hope that the longer the relay exists the more people become conscious of it and the bigger it gets.”
Taking place across the nation, these relays provide a day for survivors, caregivers and supporters to celebrate life and the loved ones who have passed away while raising funds for research and patient support. The night usually involves a walk around a track in silence, performances from local talent and a lumination ceremony, where bags representing those who had passed away from the disease are lit and surrounded.
“I’ve gone to Relay for Life for so many years, and it’s such an amazing experience,” junior Alex Katsotis said. “Almost all of us have been affected by a loved one having cancer, and to come together at Relay for Life always produces special moments. By coming together, we can find hope.”
At Relay for Life Cooper City/Davie, the event kicked off at 6 p.m. and ended at 12 a.m. Attendees were able to purchase tickets at the registration desk that allowed them to redeem goods at tents around the field. This was a process that had never been implemented at Relay for Life Cooper City/Davie before, but aided to dispel any mismanagement of funds between the selling teams. Of the teams in attendance, CCHS boasted three: NHS, Deca/Fashion and Key Club each selling interesting items in order to garner revenue for the cause.
“National Honor Society’s pancakes were delicious, DECA’s walking tacos sold out and Key Club’s games were really fun,” senior Challet Jeong said.
For the past two years, CCHS’ football field had been the home of the annual Relay event; however, the honor was bestowed upon the town of Davie and Bamford Sports Complex this year.
“It was fun and heartfelt like every year, but it was unfortunate that there were less attendees than in years past, probably due to the location,” junior Kristina Smith said.
Although the turnout was less than what was projected, the message and passion did not seem to be lost among those who attended as spirits were high and a massive amount of money was still raised – $89,476, from both the event and prior donations.
“It was a fun way to spend time with friends and contribute to a good cause,” junior Philip Brinn said. “Cancer is something that impacts nearly everyone, and raising money to fund cancer research as a community is a fulfilling experience and something that brings people together.”
Photo by Casey Chapter