Rattlers relay for the cause

Big Brother Little Brother member, Darion Holloway.
Photo by A-Chai’a Jackson

Relay for Life is an annual event that allows people to advocate for a cause to fight cancer. This entails partnership with other corporations and universities to include student organizations.

On April 18, Relay for Life will be held on the track and field at Florida A&M University with a day’s worth of activities such as music, food, exercising and networking. 

Rattlers involved in a plethora of organizations at the university will have an opportunity to participate in this event to help raise money for the cause. In order to participate, each organization that’s interested must register to take par

Big Little Brother member, Darion Holloway, hanging up Relay for Life flyers. Photo by A-Chai’a Jackson


This event will allow everyone to interact with their peers and to serve. Many students have loved ones that they have lost to cancer. FAMU’s tradition to promote excellence with care will be shown on this day. One of the Big Brother Little Brother representatives speaks on behalf of his peers.

“I personally feel that as a whole unit just being at the event to support the movement is a big deal,” said pre-occupational therapy student, Darion Holloway. “Big Brother Little Brother will be in attendance for Relay for Life in the spring. Speaking on behalf of BBLB I can say that we all enjoyed the event last year.”

SGA will oversee this event by promoting flyers on social media outlets such as Instagram and twitter, and ironing out last minute logistics to assure the event is effective.

To have an event like this requires extra pull, communication, thoughtful strategy and willingness to serve. From setting up the stage for performances, assisting vendors and  registering organizations. there’s a lot of hard work that goes into making it a successful event.

All participants will assemble at the track from daylight to midnight to enjoy each others company with bursts of energy. A current student and alumni share different perspectives about the event. 

“I have never participated in a relay for life event, but I strongly believe that it serves a purpose to fight cancer,” said Sheldon Green, a third-year physical therapy student. “If I were given the opportunity to participate, I would take it for the experience to help someone else.”

“My favorite part about Relay for Life when I was in undergrad was seeing students enjoy themselves while at the event,” FAMU alumni, Cyrus Calhoun III said. “This also brought out the community surrounding FAMU.”

A day spent sweating from running or walking the track, dancing to the sound of melodic tunes, watching dance and Greek organizations perform, to standing in long lines waiting to eat and buy merchandise. Everyone will be unified in one space to play a part.