SMAC’s annual Relay For Life raises over $95,000

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Gabby Lancaster

Relay For Life is an annual event hosted by the Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) that invites students and the rest of the community to raise money to fight cancer.  The event took place on May 10, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and had numerous activities for people to participate in.
Unlike previous years, Relay For Life was held indoors due to the weather, but that didn’t stop people from enjoying the event.  The night kicked off with an opening ceremony that introduced survivors from the community as well as the purpose of the event.
Throughout the night, food trucks featuring foods like pizza and crazy shakes were lined up right outside of the building.  In addition, there were volleyball, spike-ball, and can jam tournaments for people to participate in.
The most emotional and meaningful moment was saved for the end where everyone gathered to honor those lost.  The luminaria ceremony allows people to purchase a bag containing a light and a message, and serves as a memorial for family members or friends who have passed away due to cancer.  The ceremony starts with a presentation featuring the names of those lost, followed by multiple laps around the school, whose hallways are lined with luminaria bags.
Although the event itself was fun and memorable, the biggest part was the amount of money raised.  SMAC has raised $98,636 out of its $100,000 goal. Teams are encouraged to reach out to the community and raise as much money as possible, which is donated to the American Cancer Society (ACS).  Even though the event might be over, people can still raise money until August. The more money raised, the more people it helps, and the closer organizations like the ACS are to a cure.