WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was the first ever Relay for Life event Saturday morning at Westfield State University. Hundreds of students and members of the community were there to raise money for cancer research.
They all arrived at Westfield State around 6 p.m. Friday night, and will be on the track until 8 o’clock Saturday morning. It’s a 14-hour overnight event, all to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Relay for Life is a volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event that not only goes towards cancer research for the American Cancer Society, but goes toward improving the lives of those actually living with cancer.
At Westfield State, two students actually started a Relay For Life Club on campus, in an effort to get students and the community more involved in the cause. However, this is much more than just walking around the track. There are games, food, raffles and live entertainment.
For their first year, Westfield State raised $25,000 before the event even started, and they are still counting.