On April 19th, the RIT
Rotaract Club, a Rotary-affiliated student
hold RIT’s first Relay
for Life at the Gordon
Field House. The event
is designed to raise money and
awareness for cancer research
“It’s all about awareness and spreading
the word about it,” said Gary
Wolyn, coordinator of the Relay for
Life, President of the Rotaract Club,
and a second year Marketing major.
Wolyn described that money would
be raised by teams or individuals.
After raising the money, teams are
invited to participate in the relay
event, a walking vigil.
“It’s not a race at all. People are walking
the whole night…taking turns
walking and showing support,”
Wolyn noted. The relay is expected
to last from 7 p.m to 8
a.m, lasting through the night.
Other events will be taking
place throughout the evening,
including a Halo tournament sponsored
by the Electronic Gaming
Society and a bone marrow drive.
There will be three different ceremonies
throughout the night.
Wolyn hopes to have President
Destler speak at the Luminary ceremony
and the closing ceremony.
The Luminary ceremony, Wolyn said,
involves lighting candles and placing
them in bags with messages
written on them to honor survivors
and those lost to cancer. It will take
place at midnight.
Tess Mandell, second year Software
Engineering major and secretary
of the Society of Software
Engineers (SSE), is heading a team
for the relay. Beyond individual
fundraising, the team will also be
putting on a “Bingo for the Cure”
event to raise money. Mandell,
whose mother is currently battling
cancer, has been passionate about
the relay since high school.
“The best way to [raise money]
is to send letters to people
that you know,” said Mandell.
“Hopefully, as a team, we’ll finish
with about $3000.” The SSE
team currently has 10 members,
who will be participating in
the bingo event. The event,
scheduled to take place on
April 18th at 3 p.m. in 70-1620,
is expected to draw a small crowd
and raise about $100. “There will
be free food and prizes from
places like Microsoft and Kodak…
big prizes,” said Mandell, noting
that the event is open to anyone
who is interested.
The donations that teams receive
will be given to the American
Cancer Society to pay for
cancer research, patient care,
education, and other cancer related
causes. Participants will be
given t-shirts at the door, and will
be provided with food throughout
the night. Teams can register online
or at the door on the 19th.