Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ferris State University Hope Lives On

The Colleges Against Cancer at Ferris State University will be inspiring hope during the Relay For Life April 1 to support the American Cancer Society.

The night of celebrating the lives of those affected by cancer will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. the following morning. The event is free and open to the public. Donations and fundraising to continue the fight against cancer will be accepted but are optional.

“The Relay is important not only for those who have suffered through battles with cancer and their families, but for all people who want to make a difference,” said Elizabeth Troost, student secretary for Colleges Against Cancer.

Troost, a native of Traverse City, says the purpose of the Relay is not just to raise money for cancer research and to help cancer patients, but to reflect on the lives that were lost and celebrate cancer survivor stories, including those among the Ferris community.

Throughout the night of celebration there will be ceremonies which focus on survivorship, fighting back and memories. The Fighting Back Ceremony is designed for the local community to learn how to decrease their cancer risk. During the Luminaria Ceremony, those within the community who have lost their lives to cancer will be honored.

“Relay for Life is an event to support survivors and promote education in an attempt to decrease cancer,” Troost said.

According to the American Cancer Society nearly half of all men and one-third of women will develop cancer during their lifetimes. The risk can be reduced by changing a person’s lifestyle, by tactics such as: quitting smoking, limiting time in the sun, being active and eating a better diet.

At midnight the Mr. and Mrs. Relay Pageant will take place. Guys will be dressing up as girls and the girls will be taking the appearance of the guys. The goal is to showcase a little silliness in order to go out on the town and raise money.

Bulldog Radio will be the deejay for the night and will be accepting song requests. Live bands, food, Minute to Win it games and a dodge ball tournament will take place, along with many other activities.

Troost hopes anyone interested will attend and show support. Participants can register online at www.relayforlife.org/fsumi as individuals or as teams to raise money. There is no maximum number of people for a team.

Ferris Relay events usually raise close to $23,000. Troost hopes this year the event will receive the same response or better.

For more information about Ferris State’s Relay For Life contact Elizabeth Troost at (231) 715-0080 or trooste@ferris.edu.

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