Cure Club plans ‘Hope Week’ to increase Relay participation

Cure Club plans ‘Hope Week’ to increase Relay participation

Rally For Relay: Hanging up a sign to promote Cure Club’s Relay for Life event, Marley Hambourger, Cure Club leader and Relay for life leader, participates in Cure Club’s campaign to recruit Relay teams. Hambourger said the event is a great kick-off to summer.

John Schurer, staff writer

Cure Club is preparing to host the annual Relay for Life event to support the American Cancer Society June 6.

Prior to the event, Cure Club is organizing a ‘Hope Week.’ Ellie Britton, Cure Club leader, expects the campaign to attract more Relay teams.

“Each day we are going to be selling something different, and have a table set up to spread awareness, all in hopes of telling people about [Relay for Life] and getting people to sign up,” Britton said.

Deborah Stein, Cure Club sponsor, highly encourages students to attend.

“[Relay for Life] is for a good cause that affects so many of us, and it’s something that everybody can get involved with,” Stein said. “You don’t have to have a talent or a skill or be a runner. It’s not a race; it’s just a fun event that everybody can enjoy.”

Ellie Foley, Cure Club leader, joined the organization during her sophomore year when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. According to Foley, the club gave her a great outlet to help the community.

“[The club’s main goals] are cancer advocacy, awareness and fundraising to make sure that people know what’s going on, how to get involved and how to give back,” Foley said. “Relay for Life is the perfect way for us to do this.”

The event is held overnight on the South track, and according to Foley an emotional ceremony takes place during the night, when the stadium’s lights are turned off. Luminaria bags are illuminated with names of family and community members who have passed away from or are battling cancer.

“It’s really a heartbreaking part [..], but at the same time, it gives you all the more motivation to want to help out and find the cure,” Foley said. “It’s ridiculous how many names are read, and I think that’s the peak of the event where people realize that what we are doing is important.”