Relay For Life hoping for success as event begins today
Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: News
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The Village track will come alive this weekend with food, entertainment, and, most importantly, hope for the cure. The third annual Relay For Life kicks off tonight at 6 p.m, beginning an 18-hour fight against cancer that inspires an incredible sense of unity among the Case Western Reserve University community. "I'm always excited to see so many people from campus all come out together," said Divya Aggarwal, entertainment chair for this year's Relay. "It's the one event where there are so many people that come out to celebrate and fight together. I really feel unity with my classmates."
Only in its third year, Relay For Life at Case has rapidly grown to be one of Case's largest and most highly anticipated events. Over 1000 people have signed up to participate as members of teams, and more than 170 volunteers have come forward to help with the set-up and organization of the event. However, participants do not need to be associated with any registered team to be involved, and even more people are expected to attend.
"You can't avoid it," said Stephanie Graves, recruitment co-chair for the freshman class. "People in their rooms with their windows open hear a ruckus going on outside with music and laughing. Everything about it draws you in."
Many student ambassadors also bring their prospective students to the event. Both Graves and Aggarwal cited their exposure to Relay during their prospective visits as a determining factor in their decisions to attend Case. "We did salsa dancing at three in the morning," Aggarwal reminisced. "It was the coolest thing ever." Graves is ecstatic to be able to share Relay with her own prospectives this year. "I'm taking two, and they're coming with me everywhere, and they can't say no!" she said. "I'm making them fall in love with Relay!"