The fourth annual Relay for Life of Colby-Sawyer College event will be held at the Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, and running through 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 3. All are welcome to participate.

The student-run event raises awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in the fight against cancer while honoring survivors and educating participants on how to reduce their risk. This year’s co-chairs are exercise science major Allison Hamel ’17 of Baldwinville, Mass., and nursing major Anna White ’17 of Charlotte, Vt.

The world’s largest fundraising effort to end cancer, Relay for Life is a 12-hour event held in more than 22 countries. At Colby-Sawyer, teams of students, faculty, staff, neighbors and friends take turns walking a track that symbolizes the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer. The relay will also feature food, games, activities and costumes. Several clubs, including the a capella group CSC Riffed, the improv group and the step team, will perform in keeping with this year’s theme of “Hollywood.”

“Relay for Life is so important for Colby-Sawyer because cancer affects everyone,” said Hamel. “The only way we can prevent and cure it is if we all work together. For us, that starts at Colby-Sawyer.”

“As college students, I want our generation to be able to talk to future ones about cancer as a disease of the past,” added White.