Westfield State holds cancer fundraising events

WESTFIELD— Westfield State University will hold two cancer fundraising events this weekend—its fourth annual Relay for Life on Friday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in the Woodward Athletic Center and the fourth annual cancer buzz-off fundraiser to benefit One Mission: The Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off on Sunday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall.

Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It is solely run by volunteers in 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Relay for Life brings communities together to fight cancer. The fundraiser—an overnight relay event—remembers  loved ones, honors survivors, and helps raise money to make a global impact on cancer. Relay for life is a team-based event with teammates completing laps around the track.

There are currently 44 teams registered for the Westfield State Relay for Life. Westfield State’s Relay for Life event raised $45,000 last year and this year, the club has a fundraising goal of $50,000. The event features themed laps including ones for survivors and caregivers. Later in the night, participants will take part in the luminaria ceremony. Everyone will be given a glow stick which will represent their loved ones and allow them to grieve, remember, and have hope.

“I want those affected by cancer to know they are not alone,” said event organizer Julia Long ’18 of Maynard, Mass. “We are all in this together.”

The buzz-off event was organized by the Class of 2018 Council, led by Class of 2018 President Alexis Finn ’18 of Lynnfield, Mass.

One Mission is a pediatric cancer charity that supports kids and families through their cancer treatments one day at a time. The organization aims to allow children to better cope with their treatments by creating comfortable and fun environments. Since the organization’s founding in 2009, One Mission has raised more than $7 million and supported more than 7,000 children and their families. In the three years that the event has been held, the university has raised more than $14,000 for One Mission.

Between 10 and 15 students, faculty, and staff will participate in this year’s buzz-off event which has a fundraising goal of $1,000. Participants have been fundraising throughout the semester and the total amount raised will be announced at the April 9 event, at which participants’ hair will be buzzed off in solidarity.

“Kids with cancer do not have the choice to lose their hair, so the buzz-off supports them and shows that bald is beautiful,” Finn said. “The money helps patients and families going through some of the toughest moments of their lives and reaffirms that they are not alone in this battle.”

To donate to Westfield State’s Relay for Life, visit . To donate to the cancer buzz-off, visit