John Carroll University hosted its fourth annual Relay For Life event April 24-25. The goals of the event were to raise money for cancer research, to increase awareness about the disease, and to remember those who lost their lives to cancer.
This year’s event raised approximately $40,000, a steep decrease from the more than $100,000 that was raised during the first JCU Relay For Life event in 2007.
While we recognize the economic recession as a factor in the decrease, we also hold lagging student participation and dedication as contributors. About 600 people participted, down approximately 250 people compared to last year.
As people attending a university that prides itself on service, students should make an effort to support large fundraising events like Relay For Life. Students could have formed teams or attended the event to show support in place of monetary contributions.
Further, as JCU and the City work to strengthen their relationship, it is important to have a large student presence at events that invite the community to participate. Relay For Life is an opportunity to unify JCU students with community members for a common cause.
We hope to see more student involvement in future Relay For Life events on campus and greater concern for being active members of the JCU and University Heights communities.
We commend those who participated through rain and shine to support the goals of the event and raised a significant amount of money for the American Cancer Society.
We also commend the volunteers who organized the event. This year’s Relay received approval from the city of University Heights to remain outside for the duration of the event; however, rain forced the event inside. The event coordinators made a fluid transition to the DeCarlo Varsity Gym, where WJCU and live musical performances provided entertainment.