Relay for Life just around the corner

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It is that time of year again. On April 19, more than 1,000 students and community members of Flagstaff will gather in the Walkup Skydome from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day to play games, win prizes, listen to music and walk around the track to raise money for the American Cancer Society. All this effort is a part of Relay for Life, a national fundraising event that takes place every year, and specifically on college campuses. Northern Arizona University (NAU) has recruited a record number of participants to participate in the relay this year and has raised a tremendous amount of money for cancer research.

As of today we have 112 teams; Our original goal was 100,” said Alex Messina, junior English major and Relay for Life’s director of team development. “It is the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday in May, so to honor that our goal this year was to get 100 teams. Last year we only got 86, so it is definitely an improvement.”

In order to keep the event lively, there will be various forms of entertainment organized by Relay for Life’s very own entertainment team. Senior hotel and restaurant management major Erick Gonzales is the executive director of the four-person team, and he stated there will be plenty of ways to keep busy throughout the night.

“We will have Zumba at two in the morning, and we’ll have the BadJacks performing,” Gonzales explained. “We have the Quidditch team coming in and they are going to be playing a match, and we will also have live music, which is something we have never done before.”

So far there are 1,034 participants registerd for NAU’s Relay for Life and have raised $51,241. Grand Canyon University (GCU) and the University of Arizona (UA) are lower in both categories, but ASU is currently at 2,110 participants and $51,406 raised.

“I think it is a good summary of how enlightened NAU can become. This is a huge deal for people who are sick with cancer or have experienced it with a family member,” Gonzales said. “It just really shows how strong the community is and how willing people are just to support and be there for each other.”

Those behind NAU’s Relay for Life encourage students and members of the community to continue signing up every, and even on the day of the event.  Visit for further details about how to become involved.



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