Relay for Life held a kickoff event for the 2014-2015 Relay season on Monday night in the Grand Ballroom. The event was well attended by the university community.
Free food was provided for participants who filled out a “passport” that was signed at each table set around the room. Each stop would teach participants different facts about cancer and even offered them the opportunity to sign various petitions.
The GW MotherFunkers and Bhangra gave free musical performances and a mechanical bull was set up in the Marvin Center for a dollar a ride. All profits went directly to Relay for Life and participants were encouraged to participate in a challenge where they would give a dollar for every second they successful stayed on the bull.
Participants could also make Luminaria bags by decorating paper bags with slogans and memories of loved ones who have or are currently fighting cancer. These bags are saved and will be placed on the track during Relay for Life in April. In the Smith Center, they will be filled with glow sticks that make the bag glow purple for the participants to see as they walk through the night.
Vice Chair Rachel Mendez felt that Relay for Life plays an important role for all students.
“Relay is great because cancer affects everyone regardless of race, creed, or gender,” said Mendez. “It is important for everyone to become aware of cancer’s effects and ways to prevent it all together.”
GW’s Relay for Life begins April 17.