Relay for Life 2014. (image credit: SNHU)

One of the leading causes of death in the United States is cancer. It can strike at any mo­ment and can come in many forms. While some have won in their battle against the dis­ease, many have unfortunately been lost to its curse. That is why not only should we re­joice in the wins over cancer, but we should never forget those who have lost their lives to it. This is the goal of Relay For Life.

Since 1985, this event has been held annually nationwide and has raised over $5 billion to go towards cancer research. Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is host­ing its own run this year and is asking anybody and every­body to come and participate to help fight cancer.

The event is being con­ducted at SNHU on Apr. 8, beginning at 6 p.m. and going until 3 a.m. on Apr. 9. Activi­ties will be held on the green space on campus, with the rain-out locale being the sec­ond floor of the dining center.

Throughout the night there will be activities orga­nized and sponsored by par­ticipating SNHU clubs, offic­es, and organizations. These festivities include everything from arts and crafts to a dunk tank.

At different points throughout the run, there will be small ceremonies held to help remind people why they run and to remember those who may have been taken by the disease.

At the time of this publi­cation, there are already 22 groups signed up for the event. Collectively, these teams have raised a collective $9,000 to­wards cancer research. Dona­tions are always welcome with all proceeds going towards the American Cancer Society.

Everyone is invited to at­tend and run against one of the hardest things to fight. For information regarding donations, volunteer opportuni­ties, or simply Relay for Life, visit their website at http://

The SNHU community is ready to work together to make this year’s relay for life one of the biggest and most successful events yet.

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