At Burlingame high school there are several groups and organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, such as Cancer Research Club and Relay for Life. Relay for Life is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and put on by BHS students to raise money for cancer research and fund other ACS programs. Since 2008, BHS students have formed teams and raised thousands of dollars by walking laps for 24 hours. Due to nationwide policy for high school events by ACS, last year Relay was a day event. However, due to the tireless efforts of the BHS Relay commissioners, Relay is back to an overnight event this year. The committee petitioned for the event to be overnight again as ACS policy usually keeps high school events from doing so.
Co-chairs Diana Daniels and Johnny Kershner said, “we were able to get it back thanks to many past relay participants and their parents support for chaperoning the overnight event.”
Kershner adds that the event now has “extra layers of security to have ACS support our event. We are one of the few, if not only, high school in America that can do an overnight event.”
You can form a team online at relayforlife.org/burlingamehighschoolca or join a friend’s. While this event is run by BHS students, anyone in the community can sign up or donate. In order to spend the night, each participant has to raise a minimum of $100, which can easily be achieved by asking for donations from family members, bake sales, and other fundraisers.
On Saturday, October 8th, from 3 pm to 6 am, join your team for 15 hours of walking laps, activities, ceremonies, and bonding. Bring a tent, sleeping bags, snacks, and parent chaperones and join the 140 students already signed up. Be sure to sign up for this amazing event that brings our student body together in an extraordinary way.