AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of college students gathered Saturday for the 5 College Relay for Life at UMass Amherst.
660 people came for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. They walked around the track at UMass Amherst until 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
The event was kicked off Saturday afternoon with 8 cancer survivors walking the first lap around the track before all the other participants joined in.
This group has raised more than $48,000, and all of that money is going straight towards cancer research.
The idea of walking is to promote healthy living habits, and walking is an example of an activity that reduces your risk of getting cancer.
A common side effect of chemotherapy for cancer patients is losing hair. Nikki Stoia is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed back in October with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Stoia talked with 22News about why she is so proud of her hair, “Bald is beautiful. I did not shave my head because, with the humor that I’ve tried to take through this journey, these hairs have remained with me since day one.”
Luminaria bags were sold to honor those who have had cancer.