Relay for Life begins celebrating at 6 p.m. tonight

Making a difference in the lives of others is a trend that can be seen at Western Carolina University.

Of the many amazing causes for students to support, there is one that annually touches many lives. Each April, a large number of clubs and organizations around campus come together to raise money for cancer research in the form of the Relay for Life event.

According to Sarah Stokes, an avid supporter of the American Cancer Society and a residential assistant at WCU, “Relay for Life is one the world’s largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It takes place at universities, communities and businesses all over the world.”

Stokes said, “It is an overnight fundraiser to raise money for cancer research, funding, and helping those with cancer make it through their treatments. It is an overnight event because ‘Cancer never sleeps.’ So, on April 12, at 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. on [April] 13, students and community members will stay up all night for one night a year to help raise money.”

According to Stokes, Relay for Life is not just a one-night event. The clubs and organizations that participate spend the year fundraising in various ways to raise as much money as possible for this great cause. On their Facebook page, Relay for Life of WCU, states that they have raised over $14,000 dollars this year for the event. Tonight, the clubs and organizations will set up tents and tables where they will host bakes sales, provide games and other fun activities to continue support for the American Cancer Society.

Stokes said, “People who attend will have a fun time. There is always something entertaining to do from face painting to karaoke to dancing. There is something for everyone.”

Cancer is not something that affects just one specific group of people. It is a disease that touches all walks of life and is something that is near and dear to the hearts of the students at WCU. Come out tonight at 6 p.m. to help the students at WCU raise money for cancer research. You are sure to have a great time with family and friends. For more information check out their Facebook page at