On Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m., the local Relay for Life organization will launch its annual walk at Anderson High School to fight cancer.
The relay, one of many across the country, will open with a Luminaria ceremony, honoring people who have been affected by cancer and remembering loved ones lost to the disease. The opening is followed by a Fight Back ceremony where they the participants make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer. After the ceremonies take place, the walk begins.
McNicholas hopes to play a major part in the relay this year, encouraging ten teams of ten people to sign up, and each individual participating to raise $100 for the cause. The money raised by fundraising activities will be divided evenly among the teams to help with each student’s $100 donation.
The Relay for Life team at McNick, which is supported by Student Council, wants to use new fundraising ideas, such as a badminton tournament or a glow in the dark mixer for students. Some of the money from the t-shirts sold in support of sophomore Sarah Hickman will go towards the fundraising, and teams will wear their t-shirts during the relay to show their support for her.
The event runs from 6 p.m. on Friday until noon on Saturday, with one team member walking around the track at all times, while the other nine members can take part in one of the many activities, such as a kickball tournament or a battle of the bands.
The Relay has received positive feedback from McNicholas students who have attended it during the past. “We stayed up all night; I slept for around 30 minutes. We got to meet other kids from other schools and it was cool because we knew we were all there for the same cause. It was such a positive atmosphere,” sophomore and Student Council member Riley Whitehouse said.
Many students agree that the relay is a worthwhile event. “It was really great that so many people showed up, it was all a very moving presentation,” said senior Teresa Schneider.
Students interested in the Relay for Life should contact Student Council moderator Mr. Kyle Jepson or any of the Student Council members.