The Hiram College community raised more than $11,000 for cancer research during the fifth annual Relay for Life on April 25, 2015.
“I am very pleased with the amount of money we raised, which almost doubled last year’s figure, and I am proud that the campus and community came together to fight back,” said event chairman Jason Close ’16, biomedical humanities major from Brunswick, Ohio.
More than 350 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the 12-hour event, including members of the Mount St. Joseph University basketball team, with whom the Hiram women’s basketball team – and the entire campus – developed a special connection with as the two teams faced off in Lauren Hill’s first collegiate game on Nov. 2, 2014. Hill was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare form of brain cancer, in 2013. She died April 10, 2015, but not before raising more than $1.5 million for the Cure Starts Now.
The day was filled with carnival games and other festivities, including inflatables, volleyball, flag football and “Minute To Win It” games. At 8 p.m., the community came together to honor Hill through 22 (Hill’s jersey number) special laps. “Lauren’s Hour” was followed by the Luminaria Ceremony.
Photos by Alan Fink ’17: