Disney-themed Relay for Life to raise money for American Cancer Society

Relay for Life of Indiana University of Pennsylvania will feature games, performances and raffles Saturday to raise money for the American Cancer Society and honor those affected by cancer.

The 40 teams that have registered to participate in Relay, which begins at 9 a.m. and will continue until 7 a.m. Sunday at the Memorial Field House, have raised more than $7,000 thus far.

This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Cure,” so teams can use their favorite Disney movies and characters as inspiration.

Team registration will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

The opening ceremony will consist of speeches from Executive Director of the Center for Health and Well- Being Malinda Levis, American Cancer Society representative Anne Dolinski, Colleges Against Cancer President Kyle Murray (junior, anthropology) and Colleges Against Cancer Vice President Adam Harring (junior, journalism).

Individuals whose lives have been impacted by cancer will be recognized and honored throughout Relay during events like the Survivors Lap and the Luminaria Ceremony.

The Survivors Lap, held at 3:45 p.m., is an event celebrating victory over cancer as survivors take the first lap around the track, according to relayforlife.org.

Later in the evening, individuals who lost their battle with cancer will be remembered and honored alongside survivors during the Luminaria Ceremony.

“Candles are lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer,” according to the Relay for Life website.

This year’s Relay for Life will feature a family-friendly hour from 2-5 p.m. meant to target a younger demographic and encourage members of the community to participate, according to Harring, team leader for The Tumornators .

Activities during family hour include a sack race, a wheelbarrow race and a Wii Tournament featuring Mario Kart or Super Smash Brothers. A second Wii tournament will be held at 10 p.m.

Relay 2014 will feature performances by Dance Explosion, Havoc Step Team, the Drill Team and the Crimson Twirlers from 1-2:30 p.m. as well as activities like Zumba at 3 p.m. and routines from Greek Sing at 4:30 p.m. Games like flip cup and water pong will be played from 6-7:30 p.m.

“The inspiration behind holding events such as flip cup and water pong is to garner interest from our college community while promoting sobriety,” Murray said. “We know our target audience, and we would like this event to be fun and entertaining for everyone.”

Four raffles will be held throughout the event, the first one beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and the last one ending at 5 a.m. Sunday.

“We have really put this itinerary together with the interests of those participating at heart,” Harring said in an email interview.

“We tried to include a variety of activities, games, tournaments and such for teams and individuals to participate in throughout the entire event.”

To make a donation to the American Cancer Society or to register to participate in Relay 2014, visit relayforlife.org.