UC kicked off its ninth annual Relay for Life late Friday, April 30, with 1,865 participants crowding on to McMicken Commons. This year's Relay featured an "Around the World" theme with each participating team representing a different culture. Together, the 165 teams raised more than $124,000 for the American Cancer Society.
One Relay participant, Courtney Divincenzo, a third year Pre-Law major, explained why she decided to be active with Relay for Life.
"I, like many others, have been affected in some way by cancer," says Divincenzo. "This past summer my grandfather passed away from cancer. This year I relayed for him. In the past I have relayed for my Aunt and friends who had passed away from cancer and those family and friends who have overcome cancer and are now survivors." When asked what her favorite part of Relay is, there is no hesitation for Divicenzo. "The Luminaria Ceremony; I feel that this part of the event brings everyone together who has been affected by cancer and shows that we are not alone in the struggles that come along with cancer."
Why do you support Relay for Life at UC or in your city? Tell us what motivates you!