By Brandon Chase — Opinion Editor
After raising more than $10,000 in its inaugural year at Lasell in 2011, Relay for Life will return to de Witt Hall. The event, which raises money and awareness for cancer, will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and conclude the following day at 7 a.m.
The relay is coordinated by the class of 2013, with junior Holly Irvin as the chair. So far, the 20 teams that make up this year’s relay have raised approximately $6,000, and the goal is to raise $10,000 before the day of the event. Junior Catie Prince, co-chair of the Entertainment Committee, said the organizers have made plenty of improvements to make this year even better.
“I think this year will be more successful just because we knew what went wrong last year and what went right, so we knew what to change,” Prince said.
This year, much of the entertainment has been changed to keep participants energized throughout the 12-hour Relay. There will be an acoustic band performing to provide mu- sic while teams are walking, and “Just Dance” will be available on the Wii to keep spirits high and for those who want to take a break.
Relay for Life isn’t just about having fun. It’s about remembering and celebrating the lives of loved ones who have either beaten, passed away from, or are still fighting cancer. Prince has lost three family members to cancer. Three other family members and a friend of Prince’s either had or are still battling the deadly disease.
“Cancer is kind of, like, ridden throughout my family,” said senior James Hooper- Hamersley. “I have a cousin who’s dying from breast cancer…It touches home significantly.”
Hooper-Hamersley, who has been involved with Relay for Life since his junior year of high school, said being a part of it is all about supporting anyone who has ever had cancer affect their lives.
“I relay because people deserve [to have] people standing up for them and fighting for what’s right, and that doesn’t happen a lot in this world. So when there’s the opportunity to do so, I try to take advantage of it,” he said.