April 17, 2017

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Presents Relay for Life April 21-22

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University hopes to raise $25,000 for the American Cancer Society during its movie-themed 2017 Relay for Life, which will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21, on the Main Campus Front Lawn.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and friends of the university are invited to show their support of this life-changing experience as some 44 teams, comprised of more than 180 Blazers representing departments, offices, programs, and organizations all across campus, come together to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against all forms of the disease.  

During the Relay for Life of Valdosta State University, teams will camp out on the Front Lawn, with individual members taking turns walking around the designated relay area. There will be food, games, and activities for all ages, with a focus on providing entertainment, building camaraderie, and raising even more money for the American Cancer Society.

The Relay for Life of Valdosta State University will end at 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 22.

“I am very excited for our event this Friday,” said Samantha Watson-Jones, VSU Relay for Life president. “I invite everyone — from our students, faculty, and staff on campus to our friends and neighbors in the surrounding community — to come out and support the cause while also enjoying a great night of food, activities, and entertainment.”

As of 3 p.m. on Monday, April 17, the Relay for Life of Valdosta State University had already raised $12,258.93, or 49 percent of its $25,000 goal.

VSU raised $23,050.11 during its 2016 event.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries who give of their time and effort because they believe it is time to take action against cancer. Funds raised support groundbreaking research and free information and services for cancer patients and their caregivers. Locally these efforts benefit the Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center’s Look Good Feel Better, which boosts how women view themselves when undergoing treatment; Freshstart, which is designed to assist smokers in kicking the habit; and Road To Recovery, which provides transportation to and from treatment for cancer patients.

Visit http://tiny.cc/VSURelayForLife to support the Relay for Life of Valdosta State University by making a donation to a participant, a team, or the effort in general. No donation is too small. Every dollar counts; every dollar makes a difference.