By Brendan Sherwood
Those who want to participate in Relay For Life and raise money to fight cancer have until April 17 to sign up and register a team.
Kristine Kennen, Greek Council president and Relay For Life organizer said Relay For Life at Marist College has been, “successful in the past and really important.” She said she likes to see so many different kinds of students come together to support the cause.
Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society, which uses the money for cancer research, education and treatment. “There are so many ways they can use it,” Kennen said.
Marist College has participated in Relay For Life for 5 years. Last year, between 700 and 800 people participated and raised $50,000 for the American Cancer Society. Kennen said, “We hope to raise even more money than last year.”
She said $20,000 has been raised for the event so far this year, but that number is increasing every day.
Kennen said Relay For Life is a big Greek life event but, “most clubs and offices on campus are involved and have teams.” The main organizers besides Kennen include Kyle Shepherd and Mel Vigario from the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.
The event lasts from 6:00 p.m. on April 17 until 6:00 a.m. on April 18. “Participants are expected to raise money for the charity. Each team has someone walking all night,” Kennen said.
The participants raise money by paying a $10 registration fee and by asking for donations. The Relay For Life website for Marist College has more instructions as well as a tool for sending e-mails to ask for donations and thank those who donate.
Those who want to participate can do so by visiting the College Activities Office in the Marist College Student Center or website There is a limit of fifteen people per team but no limit to how many teams can sign up. Also, anyone can participate, not just Marist students.
“I think that we have 550 [participants] right now but that it’s increasing every day because you can sign up until the day of the event,” Kennen said.