Penn State Relay For Life’s in-person event returns April 9

After two years of virtual events, Penn State Relay For LifeThe annual in-person event returns Saturday, April 9 at the Penn State Multi-Sport Center.

This year, the organization will host an eight-hour event where teams will continuously march around the track to show that cancer never stops and never rests. The event will include various themed hours and ceremonies to keep the energy going and honor those involved in the fight against cancer.

This year’s theme hours are as follows

  • 2 p.m. — Opening ceremony
  • 3:00 p.m. — Survivor Hour
  • 4 p.m. — Disco Time
  • 5:00 p.m. — Feeding time
  • 6 p.m. — Fightback ceremony
  • 8:00 p.m. — Luminaria Ceremony (Luminaria bags will be personalized to honor a loved one who has died, is currently battling or has overcome cancer)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Closing ceremony and Total Reveal

Additionally, Relay For Life at Penn State will have various entertainment groups, including Penn State’s own Urban Dance Troupe at 3:25 p.m. The event will also include face painting, games, crafts, raffles and concessions.

The April 9 event is open to anyone who wishes to attend, including Penn State students, staff, alumni, and community members. Anyone who is not in the State College area but would like to stay up to date can follow the Penn State Relay For Life social media pages (instagram, Twitterand Facebook) and watch the ceremonies via an online stream.

All money raised from Saturday’s event benefits the American Cancer Society. The funds will support innovative research, education and prevention, as well as support for cancer patients and their families.

To date, Penn State Relay For Life has collected over $1 million through all of its relay events combined. Fundraising from last year raised over $21,000.

Editor’s note: Lily Whitmoyer, Onward State photographer, is the Executive Director of Events for the Penn State Relay For Life. She was in no way involved in the production or creation of this post.

Haylee Yocum is a sophomore at Schreyer Honors College studying Immunology and Infectious Diseases. She’s from Mifflintown, PA, a small town south of State College. She’s a coffee addict, loves Taylor Swift and can’t wait to go to a concert again. Any questions can be directed to @hayleeq8 on Twitter or via email at [email protected]

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