SMAC kicks off Relay for Life 2019: Blast Cancer to the Past


Julia Sassoon

On Friday, Feb. 8, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Student Movement Against Cancer held their annual Relay for Life kickoff. During kickoff, SMAC exposed the theme of Relay 2019: Blast Cancer to the Past.
To go along with the theme, both students and teachers from every physical education period were able to participate in a multitude of decade themed activities. Some of these included dress-up relay race, musical chairs, a dance competition, a hula hoop competition and more. The contest winners were given a variety of prizes, such as gift cards, tee shirts and coupons.
The event was run by the members of the SMAC executive board, led by advisor and gym teacher Ashleigh Boyce. In addition, there were two energetic MCs: Tommy Ryan and Justin Walsh.
“The best part of kickoff is getting to do interactive activities to get the school community excited for Relay for Life,” SMAC board member Abbie Friedman said.
The goal of kickoff was to spread awareness and excitement about the Relay event to the entire SPFHS community. Besides the physical activities, students heard an important presentation regarding the purpose of Relay and the importance of fundraising for cancer research.
“Kickoff was really great and it exceeded all of my expectations because everyone was really into it and had a lot of fun,” SMAC President Clara Masback said. “I hope it got everyone intrigued and interested in Relay.”
Relay for Life 2019 will take place on Friday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. All students are welcome to create or join a team and raise money towards SMAC’S $100,000 fundraising goal for the American Cancer Society.
“Everyone should come to Relay because it’s a super fun way to gain awareness and support cancer research,” Friedman said.