As a new student to FIU I have quickly learned that there are endless amounts of events and involvements within a semester. Every Spring, FIU hosts an extremely heartwarming celebration of life and fundraiser to find a cure for cancer called Relay for Life. This year, with the contribution of many different societies, FIU raised an outstanding $77,017.56 with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.
The location and set up of the event are excellent. Multiple organizations set up on the outskirts of the Ryder Business Building loop, selling different types of food and games all in accordance to this year’s theme of all around the world. The roads were closed down for all participants to walk around and view all the different tents but most importantly, to allow all participants to do laps in honor of the survivors and lost loved ones. In the middle of the grass medium there was a stage which held multiple different events ranging from Shave-A-Thon to local performances. Tracing the outside of the grass medium were paper bags, called Luminarias, which were decorated and lit to honor those we have lost and celebrate those who have survived.
The event as a whole was very beautiful and touching for everyone who attended. One of the most beautiful parts of the events was the silent walk. All of the tent generators were turned off and every person at the event went around the loop in silence to honor those who were tragically taken away from us due to cancer. While walking in silence, people have the opportunity to look at the Luminaria’s and reflect on the beautiful message that this event raises awareness for.
Regardless if you participated in fundraising for the event, donating your hair, or just merely coming to show support for the cause, this event is one that you do not want to miss.