Many Nebraska high school and college students will be putting down the books and staying up all night this spring to take up the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society hosts six of its signature Relay For Life events specifically with college and high school students in mind.
This year, students from Creighton University, Doane College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Omaha will host Relay For Life events on their campuses. In addition, high schools from across the Omaha area will combine for a one-of-a-kind Omaha Youth event at the Omaha Sports Complex.
“People can be touched by cancer at any age,” commented Randall Jantzen, Community Manager for the American Cancer Society and staff partner for the Nebraska Wesleyan and University of Nebraska-Lincoln events. “Whether it’s someone’s parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends or even themselves, cancer can strike anyone at any age. Events like these are truly unique in that it gives schools and young people a chance to come together in this fight against a disease that affects too many people.”
Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. Relay For Life unites people from all walks of life at the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer. The American Cancer Society is always looking for students to organize and recruit teams, seek community support, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend their support in any way.
“I am part of relay because I had cancer, and during treatment I found out about many more people that were in my community that had cancer,” commented Relay For Life at Doane College Executive Team Member Tyler Pooschke. “Before then I thought cancer was just some disease that affected people I don't know. If we can help out even just a little bit, then all the work we do for Relay will be worth it.”
For more information about how to get involved in any of these events, please contact the American Cancer Society in Omaha at 402-393-5801, in Lincoln at 402-423-4893 or log on to www.RelayForLife.org.