Taylor Mueller ‘16 – Spring is upon us, and coming with it is Romeo’s annual Relay for Life, an overnight fundraiser that brings the community together while raising money for a great cause. Relay for life is run internationally by the American Cancer Society, raising money and awareness for those who have been affected by cancer. Romeo’s Relay for Life grows every year, and the amount raised for this year is already passing up the $50,000 mark.
On the day of Relay for Life, hundreds of people throughout the community meet at Barnabo Field. 24 hours are spent eating, running and walking around the track, and doing other fun activities celebrating life while also raising money.
Danielle Szajna ‘15 is a member of the Romeo Chamber of Commerce, and is very involved with the preparation of Relay for Life.
“I love Relay, it’s so awesome seeing so many people come out to Barnabo to see how much money we can raise,” Szajna said. “It’s a lot of work and preparation beforehand, but it’s definitely all worth it in the end.”
This year’s Relay for Life is carnival themed, including activities like auctions, a comedy show, a 3 a.m. movie, carnival and water games, and plenty of food.
Aside from the relay itself, Romeo’s elementary students have also gotten involved with a fundraising activity called Relay Recess. Relay Recess included special games at elementary school recesses, raising awareness and funds for a good cause. RHS gets involved as well, selling different things at lunches and donating the money to Relay.
The Fundraiser is held at Barnabo every year in May, and this year it will take place on May 16th and 17th, from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m.