Annual Relay for Life event begins Friday

Florida A&M University will host its sixth annual Relay for Life on March 28. The annual event unites organizations from all over campus to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Amanda May, Relay for Life coordinator, said the purpose of this event is to bring students together and recognize cancer survivors.

“It (Relay For Life) also provides services to cancer patients who have lost their hair, require treatment and transportation services for those who cannot drive,” May said.

The theme for the event is “Why I Relay.”

“We want to have a purpose behind it,” said Amanda Byrd, Relay for Life chairperson. “If people have a purpose, then they will want to fundraise.”

Byrd mentioned that along with DJs, movies and other activities, Relay for Life will start its new campsite decoration competition.

Byrd said the campsite decorating competition will involve all groups on campus. The winning organization will donate its monetary prize to the American Cancer Society.

There will also be a talent show for students.

“This competition is to get the students involved,” said Monique Mitchell, member of the entertainment committee. “We want to keep the students active and excited about doing Relay for Life.”

May said there will also be an aerobics workout called Zumba for those who do not have much talent to show but want to get a good workout.

Relay for Life starts at 8 p.m., with a kick-off at 6 p.m. Breast cancer survivors ope the event by walking a victory lap around the track.

For more information on cancer and Relay for Life, visit the American Cancer Society Web site at