Relay For Life 2018 at Shorecrest Recap

by: Alexandra Hairston ‘19
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Relay For Life at Shorecrest was not only very successful, but also tons of fun! The Relay For Life event officially kicked off at 6pm on Friday night, but many Shorecrest students were there right at the end of the school day to start the fun early and to set up team booths that would later host cool activities. DJ Mike played lots of popular music to keep the event in a good-spirited and upbeat mood. He also announced games that were played throughout the night such as an intense battle of musical chairs, a whipped cream eating competition, hula hooping contest, and a Shorecrest trivia challenge.

The fun didn't stop there... Team-run booths were set up all around the track to serve food and host games for attendees with hopes of winning prizes. There was a team that had laser tag, another that had an inflated obstacle course, and a different team had an inflated bouncy house. Other teams had smaller games that were just as fun such as spin the wheel and raffles where the winners were announced at the end of the event.

At 10pm, the Luminaria Ceremony began. Headmaster Mike Murphy spoke, senior Evan Stypinski ‘18 gave a moving speech, and Middle School Thespians sang, “I’ll Be Your Candle on the Water,” a Shorecrest tradition. The entire field was lit by only luminaria giving off soft candlelight. Attendees ended the ceremony with a lap around the track in silence to remember those who lost their battle to cancer, pray for those who are fighting, and hope that a cure will be found soon so that no one will ever have to hear the words, “You have cancer.”

“After such a powerful night, I believe it is very important to take a moment to remember why we were all at Relay For Life,” said Alexandra Hairston ‘19. “This wasn't just some school-run event, this was an event to stop cancer from effecting so many lives. It is very important to take a step out of the fun and to walk around the track, take a moment of reflection, and look at the memories and messages on the luminaria bags that surrounded the track.

A lot of work was necessary to smoothly run this year’s Relay For Life event by the co-leads Lexi Klein ‘18, Jordan Tralins ‘19, Olivia Olson ‘19, and the entire Committee. I can proudly say that this hard work paid off because we raised over $10,000 that night and $83,000 in total, reaching our goal! We want to give a special shout out to Lower School students who raised a record breaking $2,450 with their Paper Links project throughout the spring. Shorecrest’s Relay For Life will make a real difference within the American Cancer Society and the lives of everyone who came to donate their time and money.”

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