relay for life photo collageSkyline College’s own Phi Theta Kappa Chapter planned and implemented the first Relay for Life in San Bruno, which was held at Skyline College about 6 years ago. Since then it has grown larger every year, and has since been moved to Capuchino High School. This year the event will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 9:30 am to 11 pm.

Relay for Life began as a mission to honor cancer survivors, remember those that have been lost, and fight back against this devastating disease.  Team members raise funds for the American Cancer Society, which are used directly to advanced research and support free services offered to cancer patients and their caregivers. Prior to the Relay for Life event, team members work hard to gather donations, and plan special events such as the Survivor Pancake Breakfast and Paint the Mall Purple to raise awareness in the community.  On the day of the event, teams take turns walking or running around the track. Events can be up to 24 hours long, and because “cancer never sleeps,” each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

The Skyline College community is welcome to be involved by joining the committee that makes this event happen, taking part in the fund raising, and supporting those affected by cancer by attending and enjoying the event. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to join our team “Skyline Striders” by visiting and looking up our team name, or to even start their own team!

Even if you can’t join a team, please join us on the day of the event to take part in this meaningful day of remembrance – we hope to see you there.

Article by Jaimelynn Alvarez and Alana Utsumi