Relay for Life encourages WKU to ‘Click for a Cure’

Rialda Zukic

The WKU Relay for Life Committee has been raising awareness for their overnight Relay for Life event to take place on April 27, 2012, at Smith Stadium.

The committee, which works with the American Cancer Society, has organized “Click for a Cure,” which encourages WKU students, faculty and cancer survivors to sign up for teams that help collect donations for cancer research and also participate in the relay walk in April.

“Click for a Cure” stations were set up in the Cupola Room at Downing University Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, but anyone interested in joining a Relay team or donating can log on to the website and do so at any time.

“Our goal this year is to have 55 teams registered and participate in Relay for Life,” said Angie Geron, community representative of the American Cancer Society.

Geron said participants who register for teams as part of “Click for a Cure” can send emails to people from their hometowns and ask them to support their team by donating money. All of the proceeds go toward cancer research.

Colby Osborne, a Brentwood, Tenn., senior and chair of the Relay for Life Committee, said that after attending his first Relay event a couple years ago, he knew he had to get involved.

“For someone who’s a grandson, who lost a grandmother from breast cancer — it kind of hit home,” Osborne said.

Other WKU Relay for Life members, such as Louisville junior Mary Witsiepe, said that she wanted to be part of the relay team because she lost two family members from cancer, and one of her grandfathers is a cancer survivor.

“Cancer doesn’t sleep, so we don’t either,” said Witsiepe about the overnight relay event, where participants stay up all night to honor those affected by cancer. “It’s something that you, here in Bowling Green, Ky., can do to help raise money to find a cure for cancer.”

Students, faculty and cancer survivors are encouraged to join the Relay for Life teams or just attend the Relay for Life event, where a candlelight vigil will he held in honor of cancer survivors and those who died from cancer.

“I would encourage students to get involved, even those not part of organizations,” Osborne said. “Coming together is a healing process. It makes you at peace.”