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Relay event draws crowd

By Staff | Sep 24, 2010

Kyle Pulse administers Facial Skin Test to Anh Nguyen. A DermaScan machine was just one of the many activities Relay For Life had at the event; others included face painting and hay rides. (Photo by Jim Whipple)

The Shepherd University Relay For Life sponsored the Family Fun Festival which was held on the midway at SU last Saturday. This is one of several events planned for this year.

Nearly 500 people attended the Family Fun Festival. Over $300 was raised through bake sales and hay rides.

Holly Frye, director of student community service and service learning, has coordinated the Relay For Life the last three years.

“I participate in Relay because I am sick and tired of worrying about my children getting cancer,” Frye said. “I want them to be able to be safe and healthy, and I don’t want them growing up with fear,” she said.

The group planned a walk-a-thon for April as well as other projects. Frye and her student volunteers hope to raise $80,000 this year through events for Relay For Life.

A group of 20 students have worked since the first of the year on Relay For Life. Frye said that the students would get up at 5 a.m. to attend a committee meeting at the Wellness Center.

“It really shows the student’s determination by getting up that early,” Frye said. “We can’t do it alone. The whole campus has to pull together to make this happen.”

Sponsors for the 2010 Relay For Life are Welsh Sound, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Pepsi, Shepherdstown Business Association, Shepherd University Dining Services, WSHC, Shepherd University Wellness Center and the Shepherd University Police Department.