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Relay for Life

Hello everyone.

As I sit down to write this post, I’m really excited that I get to share this experience with you. This past Friday, I participated in Relay for Life through as a part of my sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha. We collected donations–raising around $200, about a tenth of the total amount–and we walked in shifts to support the search for a cure to cancer. (We also won the banner competition, which was pretty exciting!) I’ve participated in Relay at my home town, but this time it was a completely different experience for me. I arrived just in time for the luminaria ceremony, in which the read the names inscribed on bags surrounding the walking area (it was held in the gym instead of outside on the track.) There were also some on the bleachers that read HOPE. As the ceremony progressed, workers moved the bags on the bleachers so that they formed the word CURE. It was incredibly silent as the light from the bags lit the gym and the ceremony proceeded. With time, though, the silence was interrupted by tears falling and sniffling peers. I looked around in awe as I saw the number of people–people that I knew and cared about–whose lives were affected by cancer. Many of my sisters had lost loved ones, others experienced the battle to see their loved ones to survive. I was humbled as I saw that this university was so much more than what first meets the eye. Muskingum is made up of people who have struggled through their lives, and still struggle today. But they are here, and they are working hard to advance their lives. The student population gathered for this cause and it was beautiful. I saw many people that I already knew in an entirely new light. I was greatly affected by the experience. It’s safe to say that it changed my life, to some degree.

These are the things that set Muskingum apart. The people, the determination, the homely feeling. It’s a good place to be, and I am very grateful that I was able to partake in this opportunity.

Have an excellent week.

Kelsey

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