While it involves “12 hours of walking, running, skipping, and a sort of odd hopping around the track,” according to the 2012 live blog for The Vedette, Culver Academies’ student newspaper, the Relay For Life of Culver is in the serious business of fighting cancer.
Now entering its sixth year of operation, Relay has raised nearly $600,000 for the American Cancer Society. The proceeds go toward cancer research. Starting at 7 p.m., Friday, April 19, the 2013 Relay For Life will kick off in the multipurpose building on the Culver Academies campus. The student-run event has already attracted 53 teams and 305 participants. Registration for teams and individuals is available online. People can also sponsor individuals and/or teams online. The 2013 goal is $110,000.
Relay annually draws over 500 registered participants, and 800 to 900 people, during the 12-hour event. A number of local/area food vendors will be on hand, with proceeds going to Relay For Life.
The Academies-hosted Relay was the first in Indiana to be student-organized in 2008. Relay For Life of Culver is a community event with participation representing the Academies, the town, and Marshall County. Relay planning is carried out by a student committee made up of eight subcommittees with over 100 student volunteers.
In the 2012 Relay blog, Vedette staffer Joshua Silver ’12 wrote: “There is a greater feeling in this room than one of fun and excitement and to simply help support cancer research. An aura of togetherness permeates the air; togetherness for change. And that is really what it is all about. No matter where our journeys take us, as long as we are together, we will be alright.”
Walking endless laps around the track represents the ongoing effort to eliminate the “drastic effects cancer can have on individuals, families, friends, and communities,” Silver wrote “We walk to remember our journeys. We walk to empathize with others’ journeys. We walk for our current journeys. We walk for our future journeys.”
The 2013 Relay For Life live blog can be read here.