Celebrate, Remember and Fight like a Hoya

Wanna spend the night with me? Well, tomorrow’s your lucky night.

As most of you have probably noticed (you can’t really miss the bright purple signs, white and blue balloons, multi-colored STOP sign flyers, $48 in 48 hours challenge, etc.), 2012 Relay for Life at Georgetown is just around the corner tomorrow.

This year’s Relay for Life has raised over $157,000 with the top team Hoya Blue raising over $12,000 (props to them!) The event has a $400,000 goal. Since 2006, Georgetown has raised over $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society.

What exactly is Relay? Relay for Life is an overnight event in which teams of people take turns walking around a track in efforts to raise awareness and donations for the American Cancer Society.

Why should you relay? “One person can make a difference.” Here’s a little back story to Relay for Life. In the mid-1980‘s, Dr. Gordy Platt, with a desire to support his cancer patients, circled a track in Tacoma for 24 hours. In just those 24 hours, Dr. Platt raised $27,000 to fight cancer. The success of this event inspired the first Relay for Life in 1986.

Why do Hoyas relay? Hoyas relay for loved ones. Hoyas relay for survivors. Hoyas relay for less cancer. Hoyas relay for more birthdays. Because imagine what it’s like to hear the words, “you have cancer.” Listen to these stories and CELEBRATE, REMEMBER and FIGHT BACK.

Are you ready to spend the night on Harbin Field with me (and 3,000 other Hoyas) to beat our toughest opponent?

Photo credits: Georgetown Relay For Life, American Cancer Society

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