Elon University raises $48K during Relay for Life

By Anjolina Fantaroni | 2/25/23

The annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society honors survivors, fighters, caregivers and those who have lost their lives to cancer

Elon University students honored survivors, fighters, caregivers and those who have lost their lives to cancer with the annual event Relay for Life on Friday. 

For 12 consecutive hours, members of the campus community including fraternities, sororities and service-based organizations participated in the event that raised $48,985.14. 

The movement is the largest peer-to-peer fundraising event, devoted to saving lives from cancer. Throughout the night, team members can walk the track to fundraise for their teams. All profits from the event go towards the American Cancer Society. A capella groups and dance groups performed throughout the night, and food trucks Tacos Las Gringas and Will & Pop’s were parked outside. 

Elon junior and President of Alpha Phi Omega — a coeducational service-based fraternity — Maddie Johnson said this is her first Relay For Life, and the organization will continue each year. Johnson said the group is always looking for ways to get involved, and the Relay for Life has been a great cause. 

“We’ve been doing glitter tattoos to raise money tonight. Everyone loves glitter tattoos, and we’re selling them for one ticket,” Johnson said. 

The floor of the Phoenix Activities and Recreation Center in Danieley Center was covered in games such as “Four in a row,” Jenga, hula-hooping and cornhole. To participate in a table’s activities, students bought tickets at the ticket booth near the entrance.