Westfield State’s 2nd annual Relay for Life

Last year's event raised over $40,000

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of students and volunteers at Westfield State University are pulling an all-nighter for a good cause. They’re raising money at the school’s 2nd annual Relay for Life.

Hundreds of participants have been walking around the track for more than 12 hours.

They raised more than $40,000 at last year’s Relay for Life, and this year they have a new goal: to raise $55,000.

This event has been around since 1985, and has spread to more than 20 countries. 61 teams and 496 participants have been here since 6 p.m. Friday.

The rules state that each team is required to have at least one participant on the track at all times, while the rest of their team is camping out around the track.

Worldwide, Relay for Life events have raised nearly 5 billion dollars for the American Cancer Society to date, which goes toward cancer research, and improving the lives of people living with cancer.

22News is a proud sponsor of today’s Relay for Life, which ends at 7 a.m. Saturday.

For more information on this event, or to donate online, visit the American Cancer Society website.

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