Interview with Katie Goldberg, Relay for life events and activities committee chair and Colleges Against Cancer treasurer.
Q: Hi Katie, Could you tell me a little about what Relay for Life is?
A: “Relay for Life is an overnight 12 hour walk to benefit cancer research and the American Cancer Society. The idea behind it is to represent that cancer never sleeps, so we shouldn’t either.”
Q: When is Relay for Life held?
A: “This year it is April 15-April 16th, from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.”
Q: How does someone get involved with the Relay for Life event?
A: “To start you need to become part of a team. Ideally you have about 10 people, but teams can really be any size. You can create one with your athletic teammates, your Greek family, club members, or just your friends. From there, you visit relayforlife.org/padelval and register yourself (and your team if it doesn’t already exist).”
Q: Could you tell us more about what goes on the night of Relay?
A: “We have an opening ceremonies that honors the survivors that are present and to officially kick off the event. Then, over the 12 hours, we have contests, competitions, and activities that take place throughout the night. For a half hour period, we also have the Luminaria Ceremony, which is a period of time that we light the candles in the luminaria bags and honor those we have lost. The night closes with the closing ceremony, where we discuss how much money has been raised and give awards to our top fundraisers and most spirited teams.”
Q: How did you become involved in Relay?
A: “Olivia Shadduck founded Colleges Against Cancer in 2012, and Relay was first held in 2013. I had heard of Relay for Life prior to her bringing it to campus, but I had never been involved with it before. Olivia was a really good friend of mine, and I wanted to support her, so I got involved. I never realized how much the American Cancer Society did for those with cancer and the caregivers who support them until I got involved with it. “
Q: If people want to get involved in the club what should they do?
A: “We have meetings every Thursday in the coffeehouse in the student center at 4:45. You can also contact Jess Viverito (the CAC president) or Alicia Fung-a-Fat (the Relay for Life chair) to get involved. We’d love to have you!”
Q: Why do you participate in Relay?
A: “I lost my grandmother to lung cancer in 2009. Primarily, I walk for her, but I also walk for all of the people in my life who are currently battling cancer. Statistically, there is not a single person whose life will not be touched by cancer in some way, so it is pretty easy to find a reason to walk. After my first year of walking, I was totally hooked on it. There is such a feeling of unity and community that this event inspires in our campus, and it is so awesome to be a part of that.”
If you are interested in registering for Relay for Life please visit relayforlife.org/padelval.