Relay for Life, May 10

On April 24, 2014 by Grad Forum

relay_for_life_thumbnailSpring has finally arrived and with it, the season for celebrating life and sunnier days. The Graduate Relief Team (GRT) is celebrating life this year by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event here at Dartmouth on Saturday, May 10. The event will be held in the Maynard Parking Lot beside the Geisel School of Medicine’s Office of Admissions and Dick’s House from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Participants will include undergraduates and graduate students, along with faculty, staff, and families.

Relay for Life is a national event that takes place annually to raise money for cancer research, patient care, and family support. The motto “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back” is the focus of Relay events across the country; we celebrate those who have survived their battles with cancer, remember those who have been taken from us too soon, and join with those who currently have cancer to fight back against it. The 12-hour walking event will start with a Survivor Lap to celebrate all of the survivors of cancer who are participating. Later in the Relay, during the Luminaria Ceremony, quiet reflection and moments of silence will occur to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer. Concluding the event, participants will symbolically show they have the strength and determination to fight back against cancer by pushing through their exhaustion to walk one final lap around the track.

Each year the Relay for Life’s fundraising efforts raise millions of dollars for cancer research. A portion of the money raised by each individual event is kept in the local community, and, at Dartmouth, some of these funds go toward supporting faculty research. Therefore, our participation in this event makes a significant difference to those affected right here in the Upper Valley. The fundraising efforts of the Graduate Relief Team have been extremely successful in past years. Last year alone we raised over $3,500—the second-largest amount raised by any local team.

As graduate students, we want to show our support for this event as much as possible. There are many ways that you can support the efforts of the Graduate Relief Team at Relay for Life. If you would like to join our team or make a contribution to our fundraising efforts, please see the team’s website. Everyone is also encouraged to come out to Relay for Life on May 10 to support the GRT at the event, as well as take part in all of the activities: including games, music, and very moving ceremonies.

We appreciate your support!

by Erin O’Malley


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