By Julia Totaro
The smell of barbecue and the sound of country music filled the air. Crowds of people carrying blankets and snacks waited in line, anticipating one of Hofstra University’s biggest events of the year.
On Saturday, April 27, Hofstra hosted its 12th annual Relay For Life. The event, held on the intramural fields, brought together cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters of the cause.
“I think it’s important for everyone to come together as a community to work towards the common goal of ending cancer,” Hofstra sophomore Amanda Webb explained. “Donating does so much, and I’m so lucky to be able to attend this event and support such a great cause.”
Beginning at 6 p.m., participants arrived excited and ready for the night ahead. Setting up tents and lying out blankets, many people were prepared to stay until the event’s end at 6 a.m.
Throughout the night, various performances from the Hofstra cheer team, Danceworks program, and a capella groups helped make the event more interactive. Aside from walking around, playing games and talking with friends, the performances brought excitement and gathered everyone together.
“I was there with Hofstra Danceworks and relayed for my family members who have suffered from cancer,” Smithtown resident Courtney File said. “I think it’s such a great event that we have at Hofstra and to have so many people fundraise and attend was amazing.”
Around 10 p.m., a ceremony, known as the Lighting of the Luminaria, took place to remember those who had lost their battles with cancer and those who survived. With many mourning the loss of loved ones, participants came together and took a silent lap in support of one another.
“Being that Relay For Life raises so much money for cancer research, I’m hopeful that one day there will be a cure,” Babylon resident Dave Zimmerer said. “There will be no more suffering and no more mourning over this disease.”
Raising over $66,000, the Hofstra Community held another successful Relay event and is still continuing to raise money.
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Editor’s note: This story originally appeared on liherald.com. It appears here with permission.