Relay for Life will take place April 28, 2012.
The Relay for Life event closes with a Luminaria Ceremony.
Randolph-Macon College students are gearing up for Relay for Life 2012.
The annual fundraiser, which benefits the American Cancer Society, began in the
1980s. Teams of volunteers camp out, and members of each team take turns walking
for the duration of the event. Randolph-Macon sponsors a Relay for Life on-campus
event each year, and on April 28, 2012, Ethan Litvin ’13 will be
taking it all in stride.
Litvin, the chair of R-MC’s chapter, attended the 2010 event and was inspired in
2011 to take a more active role. He says the 2012 event is shaping up to be a success.
“After seeing how meaningful the event was, I knew I wanted to be more involved,”
he says. “I realized that I could make a difference in the lives of cancer patients
and their families. Cancer affects everyone, and by working together, we can fight
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During this community event, teams set up fundraising tables in Frank E. Brown Fountain
Plaza. Team members take turns walking the sidewalks in between the Campus Center
and Peele Hall, and activities and games throughout the day provide entertainment
for all ages. The event opens with a Survivor Lap dedicated to cancer survivors,
and it closes with a Luminaria Ceremony, held at nightfall, to honor those who have
been touched by cancer and to remember loved ones lost to the disease.
According to Litvin, the task of fundraising for Relay for Life is a yearlong endeavor.
“We hold events throughout the year to raise awareness and collect donations,” he
says. “It is crucial to the success of the cause that we keep our momentum going.”
R-MC Sociology Professor Reber Dunkel, coordinator
of Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Experiences (SERVE),
is encouraged by the enthusiasm and dedication of student volunteers.
“The fact that our students assume the leadership responsibility of organizing and
maintaining activities such as Relay for Life speaks well of a campus culture that
is more involved than ever in helping address larger social problems,” says Dunkel.
“Relay for Life is a terrific way for students and the community to work together.”
Director of Residence Life & Housing
& Judicial Affairs Rodney Bardwell serves as the advisor for R-MC’s Relay for
“I have advised this group for the last three years and it is amazing to see how
much our volunteers are affected by this event,” says Bardwell. “Cancer touches
almost everyone in some way, and that’s why Relay is so important.”
Litvin hopes to get as many teams and sponsors together as possible in order to
reach R-MC’s goal of raising $45,000.
“Relay for Life is an opportunity to have a great time and help save lives,” says
Litvin. “Together, we can make wonderful things happen.”
Relay for Life will take place on April 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on the campus
of Randolph-Macon College. For more information, contact Rodney Bardwell at
In 2010-11, R-MC students collectively amassed almost 8,000 volunteer hours. Nearly
50 students spent an alternative Spring Break in Florida for a combined 950 hours
with Habitat for Humanity and 130 hours for a Haiti Relief project. Students in
R-MC’s Greek organizations contributed more than 4,500 hours of collective service
to the community, collected 550 pounds of canned food, donated 60 inches of hair
to Locks of Love, 21 toys to Toys for Tots and generous funds to various organizations.
In addition, money was raised on campus and donated to the Red Cross & Partners
in Health for the Haiti Earthquake Relief. The SERVE program, in the Office of Student
Life, is an integral part of Randolph-Macon’s Leadership Development and Service
Originally published on 12/12/11