Hoping to top last year’s success, this year’s Hiram Relay For Life cancer benefit campaign kicks off Monday February 6th in the Kennedy Center main lounge from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
“This year our theme is ‘Celebrations Around the World’, because cancer affects everyone in every country,” said Roseann Zychowski, ’13, who, with her sister Jamie, ’12, and Zach Fincham, ’13, are spearheading the committee of students organizing the Relay.
The kickoff event will feature free pizza and Mexican hot chocolate, and will offer the chance for the Hiram community to make team commitments for the Relay event itself in May.
This year’s Relay for Life will be a 24-hour marathon beginning May 5 at 10 a.m. and continuing until 10 a.m. the next day. As last year, participants form teams to take turns walking the track to raise money for the American Cancer Society. One member of each team must be walking at all times during the 24-hours.
“We went 18 hours last year but thought we should expand to 24 this year because Cancer never sleeps” Roseann Zychowksi said.
The are surrounding the track will be transformed into a campground for the overnight event, where teammates can gather when not walking, and there will be a wide array of activities and and attractions to occupy their time.
The relay organizers hope to surpass last year’s event that raised $32,500 for cancer research, and had more than 500 participants.
“Nothing is etched in stone just yet,” Jamie Zychowski said. “With the international theme, each team will register and pick a country to represent. Then they will decorate their team campsite and can bring food from that country. We want to embrace all cultures.”
Fincham said the activities for the May event have not been finalized yet, but said plans for a hot air balloon, movies and many more activities will be provided to keep the relay participants occupied during the event.
At the Kick-off Monday, would-be relay participants will be able to register for the May event, for a $10 fee, and choose the country to represent. The earlier the registration, the better the choices, so those who attend the kickoff have a head start.
“Were hoping the community comes out as they did last year. We really have great support, and we know we can do even better this year” Rose Zychowski said.