Relay for Life kicks off
Towson University Health Science Professor Denicia Fowler is a breast cancer survivor and uses her story to inspire others.
Fowler spoke at the Relay for Life Kickoff Party on Oct. 17 in an effort to bring awareness to the organization’s efforts to raise funds for the fight against cancer.
Students Erin Kelly and Gilbey Reilly, both chairs of Relay for Life hosted the Disney-themed celebration in hopes that it would have an impact on those who attended.
“Relay for Life is not just an event that happens in April, it takes place all throughout the year,” Kelly said. “We wish the same efforts that goes into fundraising in April goes throughout all the months of the year leading up to April.”
Kelly and Reilly’s mission for Relay for Life is to reach out to the small communities of Towson University.
“Our mission is to spread the word across the campus and to raise as much money as we can, while involving as many organizations as possible,” Reilly said. “Towson is a huge campus and so many small schools raise a lot of money. Last year we raised $60,000 and just want to get as high as we can.”
Currently Relay for Life has raised $800 and plans to fundraise $70,000 by the relay in April. Kelly and Reilly also plan to bring back the moon bounce and have more campus performances. This year, the organization’s goal is to have 70 teams and around 700 participants, about the same number as last year’s event, according to a previous Towerlight article, “Survivor finds strength to share.”
“Mainly take care of your own bodies, as women we keep pushing things to the side. At the time I knew it wasn’t a lump, so I didn’t seem to care, always [inquire on the unknown,]” Fowler said.