On March 30, nearly 2,000 Temple students participated in Relay For Life, an overnight event that raises funds for cancer research. Teams camped and walked around a track for nine hours in an effort to raise awareness about the disease that affects millions of Americans.
The event begans with a Survivors Walk, in which people who have battled cancer took a lap around the track. A luminaria ceremony was also held, during which candles were lit in honor of loved ones who have lost the battle to cancer and a lap around the track was taken in silence.
Lauren Snizzak, co-chair for Temple's Relay for Life, was proud that so many people came out in support of the cause.
"Temple University is a huge campus -- it's so diverse -- but we are all coming together tonight to be united for one main purpose," she said.
The event raised $49,000, which will be donated to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.