BY: ANISHA ROBERTSON
University Health Medical Services (UHMS) hosted the “Relay for Life” walk in the Schwartz Gym from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23. The event was held to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Participants were engaged in a walk around the entire gymnasium. It was a unique opportunity that offered students, faculty, and the surrounding community to team up in the fight against cancer.
According to UHMS, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. was the Survivor/Celebration Hour that included the National Anthem, a cancer survivor ceremony that featured select survivor stories, and survivor laps.
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. was the Luminaria Remembrance Hour including a Luminaria ceremony, memories moments, remembrance laps, and a moment of silence for those who have succumbed to cancer. The last hour was dedicated to a closing ceremony, raising the bar leaders laps and special acknowledgments.
There were six teams run by LIU Brooklyn students and faculty members V.R. Small, Amanda Atunzu, Tasmin Farzana, Marie Feline Guerrier, Gabnel Joseph, Cynthia Gadar Mercado and Audrey Oquaye.
A total of 27 participants planned to reach different goals in their groups to raise a possible $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. VR Small, Director of LIU Brooklyn’s UHMS, encouraged community involvement in the event. “We should all be jumping up and saying ‘I’m doing my part,’” Small said.
This is the third annual “Relay for Life” event, but the first on the Brooklyn Campus as Superstorm Sandy greatly affected the society’s usual venue in Queens. Despite the displacement, the event received positive feedback.
“I thought [the event] was really great,” said English major Samiah Aljahmi. “Not only was it a way to involve students for the cause, but it got students to exercise with the activities such as basketball and golf. I was glad to be able to donate to [this cause].”
The “Relay for Life” event was a success, but Small is not about to rest on her laurels. “This is not the end of it, cancer is taking lives every day and it is devastating,” Small said. “It is one time to come together, but certainly not the end of it.”