Relay For Life: An All Night Party for a Good Cause


Members of the Relay For Life of Langley-McLean Committee at the homecoming pep rally.

Elizabeth Ellinger, Reporter

Imagine what you could do with 50,000 dollars. You could save for college, buy a car, or maybe even help cure cancer. Last year, Langley’s Relay For Life raised over $57,000 to aid in the fight against cancer, and this year, they hope to raise even more.

“Last year we had over 320 participants and we hope to increase participation tremendously this year since a lot more people know about Relay For Life of Langley-McLean,” said junior and Relay For Life Co-Chairman, Harris LaTeef.

The kickoff for Relay For Life is during the first week of December (2nd-6th). Throughout that week, students will have the option to sign up either as a team or an individual during their lunch period. Then, starting on April 26th at 6pm and ending on April 27 at 6am, participants will walk around the track all night as they raise money for the American Cancer Society.

“Everyone in the school knows someone who has been affected by cancer and so it unifies the school for a good cause,” said senior and Relay For Life Co-Chairman, Ava Shomaker.

The reason that the event occurs at night is to symbolize that cancer never sleeps hence Relay’s motto, “Cancer never sleeps so neither will we!” Even though the number of laps that each participant walks does not garner donations per lap, a large majority of the donations are amassed before the event.

Throughout the night there will be a range of activities for participants to enjoy such as music and games.

“It is party to celebrate those who are survivors and fight back to ensure that everyone has another birthday,” said Ms. Hannah Wolff, Langley’s College and Career Specialist and the staff partner for Relay For Life.