BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The largest collegiate Relay for Life in the U.S. has transitioned from the Virginia Tech Drillfield to the World Wide Web this year for a week of virtual events across multiple social media platforms in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The message my co-director and I would like to ‘relay’ here is that fighting cancer isn’t cancelled. In the midst of this public health crisis, almost everything is getting postponed or cancelled,” says Brittany Bunn, Relay For Life at Virginia Tech co-director. “However, the fight against cancer will not stop until we find a cure. Every day, people are unfortunately still being diagnosed with cancer, receiving chemotherapy, and in an ongoing battle with this disease. As long as the fight rages on, so will we.”
Here is the schedule for the virtual events held throughout the week by Relay For Life at Virginia Tech:
- Monday, April 20: Celebrate Ceremony, which honors cancer survivors with live-streamed speakers and posts.
- Tuesday, April 21: Hokies Hope — a virtual version of the original event from April 10 — which features online performances; event traditions; and an appearance by Miss America 2020, Camille Schrier.
- Wednesday, April 22: The Remembrance Ceremony, which honors those who have died from cancer.
- Thursday, April 23: ACS Across the Nation, which shares how schools continue to host virtual events and celebrate the progress collegiate events have made in the fight against cancer.
- Friday, April 24: Fight Back, which is a ceremony featuring the announcement of the final fundraising total, a live-streamed kickboxing class, and information about how students can get involved in future events.
According to a statement released by the collegiate organization on Friday, April 17, Relay for Life at Virginia Tech will promote community engagement over the course of the week by posting social media and fundraising challenges. Participants are encouraged to join in the relay from home by signing up at marathon.vtrelay.org for the virtual marathon fundraising challenge, which raises funds through pledges per mile.
Last year, Relay for Life at Virginia Tech celebrated its tenth year as the largest collegiate Relay for Life and raised more than $483,000 for the American Cancer Society, marking a total of $6 million raised since the university’s first Relay, the organization’s release says.
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