Seeing people she recognizes at the event makes Emily realize that there are many people on campus who've gone through, or are going through, the same thing she did with her grandparents. "Cancer patients don't stop because they're exhausted, and for one night, neither do we".
But for one woman, the event is more personal and has taken on a whole new meaning.
Fighting back and believing that it's possible to create a world where no one needs to fear cancer are the strong beliefs of a longtime Relay for Life participant, who has survived cancer herself.
The Relay for Life is all about supporting cancer fighters and survivors, and remembering those who lost the battle.
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Highlights of the evening include the Survivors Lap (survivors call Mary Ann Lekatz at 365-4927). a survivor is anyone who has lived with cancer from 1 day to 50 or more years.
So many people hear the word "cancer" and believe that it means a death sentence, but it's not. They also highlighted Relay for Life's breakthrough achievements, and the work that still needs to be done. We all have stories and experiences. "It's their event and we listened to what they decided".
To find the relay nearest you, visit RelayForLife.org, click "Find Event" and enter your zip code. Doolittle, at Harris' insistence, gave a presentation at a board meeting and campus offices donated services, equipment and the location so the event's operating expenses were minimal and fundraising and building a stronger Dollars were priorities.
The past three years, senior math major Emily Wasson has walked in the event with a goal - honoring her grandfather's legacy. "Hopefully this will be a great partnership - hoping we put up some great numbers". "I think that's what really makes a Torero". I first heard about Relay for Life through my sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.
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The event begins at 6 p.m., and anyone can attend and participate.
Students with Albany Elite also did a couple laps around the track. The third year, she was a survivor herself.
But when her mother got breast cancer, the meaning all changed.
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