Relay For Life
March 27, 2007
Friday, March 16th, the 2007 Relay for Life of FSU got underway at Mike Long Track. The fundraising event started at 5:00 p.m. and continued through the night, ending Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Relay for Life raises money to help the American Cancer Society fight cancer and bring those who have been touched by cancer together. Last year, FSU was the largest college Relay for Life event in the state of Florida, raising $145,000.
Continuing their tradition, Florida State's student-athletes did their part to contribute by entering two teams in this year's relay, Seminole Garnet and Seminole Gold, comprised of members from all 19 athletic teams. The Seminole Garnet and Seminole Gold teams walked for a combined total of 325 hours with a number of athletes coming from their individual team practices. FSU's student-athletes along with other participants will continue to raise money through August 31st in order to reach the 2007 goal of $175,000.
The Florida State Athletic Department's participation in Relay for Life not only included its student-athletes, Football's Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, John Lilly, has joined up with the American Cancer Society and developed the Y.A.C. Program. Y.A.C., Yards Against Cancer, a term used in football after a catch, raises money with the success of FSU's Football team. Money donated falls into different levels and coincides with yards gained each game, games won, ACC Championship, and a National Title.
Although many were tired, the conclusion of the 18 hour event brought a sense of accomplishment to those involved in this year's Relay for Life of FSU. Money was raised to help find a cure, those lost were remembered, and those who have survived were celebrated.