FAMU Hosts American Cancer Society Relay For Life

By: Lanetra Bennett
April 4, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Picture a cure. That's the goal the FAMU Community is working toward--making a cure for cancer a reality.

"Picture a Cure" is this year's theme of the FAMU Relay for Life.

"I'm cancer free." Tallahassee resident Paula Graham says that with pride as a two-time kidney cancer survivor.

Graham says, "You need all the support. Your close family, it really is hard for them to handle because you don't know what the outcome is going to be. But, it's just excellent to have that support and everybody just support each other through the process."

Graham had plenty of support beside and behind her Friday during FAMU's annual Relay for Life.

It was held at the FAMU track in partnership with the American Cancer Society to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to cancer and to fight back against the disease through fundraising.

"It makes me feel good because of the kids and their passion to help someone else." Graham, says.

Organizers say FAMU is the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Florida that still holds a Relay for Life. Last year, it raised $37,000.

FAMU student Alyanna Brown says, "I relay because I know one day there's a cure. I know as a future health care professional, it is important for me to be involved in things that are going to further the medical research of cancer."

Luminaries lined the track in memory of loved ones; and on the seats of the bleachers, students placed luminary bags that spelled out the word, 'Hope'.

There were 47 teams participating.

The relay started at 7 p.m. Friday and runs through 7 a.m. Saturday.

Press Release: FAMU

WHAT: Florida A&M University (FAMU) to host annual Relay for Life in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

WHEN: Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

WHO: More than 40 teams and 400 individuals from FAMU's campus organizations and the surrounding community are expected to participate.

WHERE: The FAMU Robert "Pete" Griffin Track located on Wahnish Way.

OVERVIEW: The FAMU community is partnering with the American Cancer Society to host Relay For Life, a component of its continued efforts to end cancer. This year's theme is: "Picture a Cure." The event will feature on and off-campus teams, which will use the relay as an opportunity to: celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight back against the disease through fundraising.

For more information, contact: famurelay@gmail.com or visit: www.relayforlife.org/famufl.

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