Colleges Against Cancer Plans First Ferris Relay for Life

logoBIG RAPIDS – “What kind of hero are you?” That is the question Ferris State University’s Colleges Against Cancer is asking the campus community with one of two kick-off events. The first event is set for 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Student Recreation Center, room 121.

Colleges Against Cancer, or CAC, is a student division of the American Cancer Society. The group is encouraging faculty, staff and students to attend the kick-off event to hear Scott Gartland, a Ferris student who is a survivor of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, discuss his experience battling cancer and how it has impacted his life, and learn how to get involved with Relay for Life.

“The main purpose of the kick-off event is to educate teams and get them excited to begin fundraising and holding other events for the Relay For Life,” said CAC President Lyndsey Morse of Portland, Mich., who is a second-year student in the Michigan College of Optometry.

Other activities on the agenda at the kick-off event include a superhero look-alike contest, with prizes for the top winners; superhero/Relay For Life-themed Jeopardy, and information on fundraising and Relay For Life, as well as literature on cancer prevention.

“Students who are interested in learning how to take a stand against cancer should attend the kick-off event,” said Kyle Cutler, Grand Rapids American Cancer Society community representative. “It’ll be a fun time with food and information about how FSU’s CAC is working to fight cancer.” The Ferris Relay For Life will take place from 6 p.m. Friday, March 20, to 6 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

The overall goals of FSU CAC are to create awareness on campus for cancer-related issues, outreach to campus and community cancer survivors, and to give back to the community at large, Cutler said. CAC wants to raise $25,000 at the FSU Relay For Life.

“Relay For Life is a celebration of life, a way of honoring those who have been lost, as well as a fundraiser,” Morse added. “The funds raised for Relay go towards cancer education, research, prevention and care across the United States.

“We are heroes everyday fighting against cancer,” she said.

Added Cutler, “It’s an opportunity for students at FSU to take a stand against cancer, while also being active on their campus and learning leadership skills.”

For more information about Ferris State University’s Relay For Life, or to get involved with CAC, contact Cutler at (616) 551-4035.

24 November, 2008