By Alejandra Arana |Staff Writter|
CSUSB hosted a 24-hour Relay For Life walk to raise awareness and funds for cancer patients and research. The event took place at the track field by the Student Recreation and Fitness Center from May 4 at 4 p.m. to May 5 at 4 p.m.
The next day with multiple on-campus organizations along with community members that participated. Groups of at least 10 members registered before hand to the organization so that they could walk for the cause.
“Each participating team had one walker on the track at all times in order to raise awareness and symbolize that cancer never stops,” said Nadine Garcia, member of the Sigma Pi Alpha team.
Entertainment was provided for all participants which included live music, a DJ, games like red rover, football, catch, and even a mechanical bull.
There was dancing through the night and even a stroll competition between some sororities that helped the energy stay up and keep the walkers walking.
Some participants brought tents to accommodate themselves during the night and to provide a spot to rest. There were vendors that sold food to participants and some provided free water and Red Bull energy drinks.
It was a big community effort that brought together our campus community with the San Bernardino community to raise awareness of a cause that affects so many people.
“This was my second year participating and I enjoyed every minute of it. I really liked that the pathways were aligned with white paper bags with a lit candle inside of it and the name of a person with cancer on it,” said Garcia.
Each team raised money for the cause but it was not a competition it was a community effort for everyone. Although teams that raised a lot of money won a t-shirt at the end of the day.
The Relay For Life was more than an event for students to have a sleepover and have fun for 24 hours straight. It was an effort to get the community involved with a cause that affects many families.