The College of Idaho is set to host a Relay For Life event April 25-26 inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Spearheaded by C of I senior Breanna Leatham—a sixth-year Relay For Life volunteer—the event introduces a great cause to the C of I community. From 7 p.m. April 25 to 3 a.m. April 26, teams will participate in games and take turns running or walking laps around the track in the gym to raise money and awareness for saving lives from cancer.
“I have worked with Relay For Life event in Boise, and I have seen the positive effect it has on individuals, businesses, and the sense of culture within that community,” Leatham said. “As a senior, I want to bring something to the College that will have a lasting, positive effect on students, staff, and alumni. It was community that drew me to the College, and I want to say ‘thank you’ by giving something back.”
The C of I event will include food, music, prizes and fun in the gym. Participants will take turns running/walking laps, while the rest of the team members enjoy the festivities and cheer their teammates on while awaiting their next turn to run. The night also includes a Survivor’s Lap, where those who have fought and defeated cancer take a lap while the other participants applaud their amazing fight, and a Luminaria ceremony, which allows for loved ones to remember loved ones lost, and honor those still fighting.
Ten teams have signed up thus far, and donations already have reached more than $600, Leatham said. Registration is available online (click here) or by contacting Leatham at [email protected] or (208) 921-9983. The C of I event also has a Facebook page.
Relay For Life is an international organization that is helping raise cancer awareness around the globe. By bringing a relay to the College, Leatham hopes to start a new tradition for the C of I campus and the local community. The event is sure to be smiles all around as the YoteFam gets together to have a good time, build new friendships and support the cause.
“We hope to see more teams sign up for a truly powerful cause,” Leatham said. “Not only for our community, but for those battling cancer all over the country.”
To learn more about Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.