Relay for Life starts today at Eau Gallie

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Emily Dubec-Hunter

Senior Selina Arends helps out at last year’s Relay for Life event which was held at West Shore.

Relay for Life, the annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held at Eau Gallie High School on Friday, from 4 p.m. to midnight. The proceeds will go towards research to end cancer. This year’s theme, Kick the Boot, is representative of how the event focuses on “kicking cancer right out of here..

“The event being at Eau Gallie this year makes it harder for me to go because I don’t live anywhere near Eau Gallie, so it’d be difficult to get there,” sophomore Alyssa Feliciano said. “When I did it [Relay for Life], I did it in Orlando. My favorite event was when we put the candles in the bag and lit them for people who had had cancer before.”

Events will  include a ‘Mr. Relay’ contest and a candle-lighting ceremony.

“My favorite about going to Relay for Life before was being Mr. Relay. We stuck names in a hat and I got chosen,” seventh-grader Alex M. said. “I’m probably going to go again this year.”

So far, 28 teams and 174 members have raised $20, 384.06 from this specific event. Relay for Life helps save 400 lives a day and is the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer.

By Hannah Brusca