Cancer walk to take place on campus

The annual 24-hour Relay for Life in Woodland Hills will take place at Pierce College beginning April 28 at 9 a.m.

 

The money raised will help further research by the American Cancer Society.

 

“[Cancer] is a terrible disease that affects so many people,” Dean of Research, Planning, and Enrolment Management Carol Kozeracki said.

 

Kozeracki, who is the event’s chair of the planning committee, has been involved with Relay for Life since its first year.

 

The event will begin with a cancer survivors’ lab.

 

There will be teams participating in the relay the members will take turns walking the track for the entire event, said Kozeracki.

 

There were 30 teams in last year’s Relay for Life, she said.

 

On the night of April 28, participants will be taking part in the Luminaria ceremony. The soccer field  will be outlined by lit-up white paper bags bearing the names of people who have survived or died of cancer.

 

There were approximately 600 to 700 white bags during last year’s Luminaria, Kozeracki said.

 

“I think [having cancer] is the hardest thing you go through,” said Associated Students Organization Shane Mooney, who heads the ASO team in the relay.