By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
This year’s Relay For Life of Bucknell University will be held 5 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Sunday at Gerhard Fieldhouse. This year’s event features Zumba, the popular exercise class. “Something we have never done before,” said Emily Patridge, president of the Bucknell chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, a student organization in conjunction with the American Cancer Society.
“Since Relay can be extremely emotional at times, this Zumba class is a time for everyone to let loose and have a good laugh while getting some exercise,” she said.
Bucknell’s theme this year is “Hollywood: Unite to Outshine Cancer” at Relay For Life, Patridge said.
Colleges Against Cancer is a club that unites the campus, student, faculty and staff, she said. Relay for Life is one of two major events the Bucknell chapter hosts, the other being “Paint Bucknell Pink,” a 5K walk/run in the fall.
The goal for Bucknell’s Relay this year: about $76,000.
Survivors will be honored during the Survivorship Ceremony and lap, and among them is a student survivor with personal testimony about dealing with the disease. A special area will allow survivors to spend time with friends and families. CAC will provide additional refreshments, such as pizza, vegetables and a special cake, as well as special gifts.
“Every year, we invite Bucknell deans to serve refreshments after the Luminaria ceremony,” Patridge said, and this year, the special treat is Ritas water ice. Bucknell President John Bravmen and his wife Wendy will be among the participants.
The final event is the Fight Back Ceremony, during which the CAC vice president will speak about the importance of Relay For Life and fundraising.
“This is a time to remind everyone about the fight that we all need to take part in,” Patridge said, “to raise money for research and advancements so that we can beat this horrible disease.”
For more information: relayforlife.org/pabucknell