WKU Relay for Life raises more than $20,000

Michael McKay

A dance competition, a tug of war tournament and chants took place Friday night — but this isn’t Greek Week.

Instead, 34 teams of participants collided on Smith Stadium for the 2012 Relay for Life of WKU.

Relay for Life is an overnight event supported by the American Cancer Society. One person from a team walks the perimeter of the track relay-style at all times to represent the idea that cancer never sleeps.

WKU’s relay lasted from 7 p.m. April 27th to 7 a.m. on the 28th, with different events, such as the tug of war or dance competitions, happening every hour.

Angie Geron, the community representative for the American Cancer Society, said just over $20,000 was raised. She said she was very happy with the addition of hourly events.

“Great event, great turn out and great team involvement,” Geron said.

Colby Osborne, chair of WKU’s Relay for Life Committee, said he thought the event was larger this year because of word of mouth.

“Most people don’t want to turn you down for an awesome cause like finding a cure for cancer,” Osborne said.

Owensboro sophomore Olivia Hardesty, a member of Alpha Xi Delta, said her sorority understands that events like this aren’t just for raising money for cancer.

“Of course everyone needs money, but that’s not what it’s about,” Hardesty said. “It’s about how people treat you ― all the support, all of the prayers. Activities like this that are uplifting and promote a positive outlook on cancer.”