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Support ‘Relay for Life’ in Style: Rock Your Pajamas for a Cause

The Guerrillas, who performed at the previous year’s Relay for Life, are set to take the stage once again at this year’s fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Prepare to don your pajamas for a noble cause and make your way to the Steele Hall Fieldhouse, where the SUNY Fredonia Relay for Life is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 20, in support of the American Cancer Society. The theme for this event is a “Pajama Party.”

The Relay for Life event, commencing at 1 p.m. and concluding at 9 p.m., is not a race but a gathering filled with performances, games, ceremonies, and various enjoyable activities, as explained by Olivia Spolar, the president of the campus student chapter of the American Cancer Society. Embracing the theme of “Pajama Party,” attendees are encouraged to showcase their finest sleepwear or comfortable attire, as there will be an outfit contest with prizes.

“We collaborate with various school clubs, groups, organizations, and businesses to ensure the event is engaging and impactful. A $1 entrance donation is requested, with all proceeds dedicated to cancer research, patient transportation, and care,” Ms. Spolar elaborated.

Several student performance and entertainment groups, including Sound Services, Orchesis, Fredonia Dance Team, Premium Blend, Blue Ice Step Team, and Rince, the Fredonia Irish Dance team, are already confirmed for the event. Additionally, organizations such as the ASL Club, Fredonia Field Hockey, Delta Phi Epsilon, Tau Sigma, Fredonia Feminists, and the Animation and Illustration Club will be conducting various activities.

Local businesses and organizations, such as DeJohn’s Spaghetti House, Sir PrintsAlot, the Next Chapter Bookstore, Crino Music, and Domus Fare, have generously contributed donations to be awarded as prizes in support of Relay for Life.

The event is open to all individuals who have been touched by cancer in any way or wish to partake in celebrating, remembering, and combating cancer. Children are also welcome to attend.

To avail a $5 discount on online registration, utilize the code FRED10 throughout Monday, April 8. While online registration is not mandatory, it is encouraged to raise awareness and gather more donations.

The campus is uniting with communities across more than 30 countries to partake in “a celebration of cancer survivors, caregivers, a luminaria ceremony to honor and remember loved ones, and the collective effort to combat cancer,” stated Spolar.

The executive board members of the cancer society campus chapter working diligently to coordinate the event alongside Spolar, a junior majoring in Childhood Inclusive Education from New York, NY, include Madison McDonald (treasurer), a senior majoring in Childhood Inclusive Education from Charlton, NY; Haley Evertt (events chair), a junior majoring in Childhood Inclusive Education from Lake View, NY; and Alexia Turpyn (social media chair), a senior majoring in Communication Disorders and Sciences with a minor in Psychology from Hilton, NY.