I chose to cover the MSU Relay for Life event for my first out of class story. After doing a little bit of research I learned that it is an over night event that spreads cancer awareness. I was really interested in Relay for Life because I have many family members battling cancer.
The Relay for Life took place Friday April 16, 2010 at 5p.m. on the Ralph Young Track.
The event raised $122,616.98 and 1,582 people participated. Teams of people took turns walking or running around the track. Each team must have one representative on the track at all times. Having a representative walking overnight represents that cancer never sleeps.
Relay for Life participants range from cancer patients and victims to families who walk or run in memory of loved ones.
This year the wind was unbearable and the temperature got down to 40 degrees. I went to take pictures at 1 a.m. and nearly froze! People walked all night wearing layers of clothing and wrapped in blankets.
It was inspiring to see so many people walking for cancer awareness in the unfavorable weather conditions. Relay for Life is a time to celebrate those who have survived cancer and those who are still battling it. I am glad that was able to witness this powerful event.
By: Brittany McCallum