By Jasmine Perez |Staff Writer|
The fourth annual 5K Glow Run was held on Oct 20 and raised $1,385, with all of the funds being donated to the Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California.
This event started on campus four years ago when a member of the Greek community was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer.
The organization she was a part of, Alpha Phi Sorority, started this event to not only raise funds for their sister in need but to bring awareness to the illness.
At the time there were no events on campus that donated to cancer associations aside from Zeta Tau Alpha’s Sorority events that bring awareness and raise money for fighting breast cancer.
“The goal was to bring more awareness and provide support to the family and all her friends during such a hard time,” said president of Alpha Phi, Ashley Skvarca.
“Now we use the glow run as an opportunity to not only continue bringing awareness and to support the cause but to also celebrate the life of our sister as she left such a positive impact on everyone she met,” continued Skvarca.
According to Cancer.org, in 2016, there will be an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed and 595,690 cancer deaths in the US.
“For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer and can also help reduce the risk of having a stroke,” according to Active.com.
Although Alpha Phi started this event four years ago in memory of their sister, the Panhellenic sororities, the Office of Student Engagement and program board decided to keep running the event annually to raise funds for the cause.
“My favorite part about putting this event together is working with student organizations to create an annual tradition,” said Monica McHahon, program coordinator at the Office of Student engagement.
Each year the funds are donated to different cancer foundations.
This 5k not only benefits the cause but also benefits the students who are participating by motivating them to run.
According to Doctor Oz, “Running can burn up to 700 calories per hour, you’ll raise your heart rate, lower blood pressure and relieve stress – all while toning and shaping your body.”
In addition to burnt calories, running is also a good form of meditation and helps relax the minds of busy college students.
“I hate running but I know it is a good exercise that I should be doing,” said Stephanie Lopez, who attended the run.
“It is easier doing it at events such as the glow run where I can come with my boyfriend and friends because we really pushed each other to finish the run,” added Lopez.
277 students attended the glow run along with alumni and community members.
Runners enjoyed shaved ice from a food truck and could stick around to dance and have some fun with the DJ.
“I had so much fun participating in the glow run,”said student Hannah Izzaguirre.
Especially because it was benefiting the Childhood Cancer Foundation a charity close to my heart,”continued Izzaguirre.