Ka'la Drayton participated in Relay for Life every year after losing close family members to cancer.
Maggie Barrett helps organize USC Relay for Life every year to honor her mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
By: Kristina Bryant Over 1600 USC students braved the rain and darkness for over 12 hours to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research this weekend. Participants inUSC Relay for Life were asked to walk laps around a field nonstop to symbolize the never ending fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is the world's largest fundraising event. The University of South Carolina hosted it's 13th annual Relay for Life event on Blatt P.E. field starting on Friday.
USC Students, faculty, and staff have raised over $1 million over the past 13 years for Relay for Life. This year, the 85 teams fell short of reaching their goal of $200,000 but managed to raise $164,136.42.
Teams set up tents to sell food, t-shirts, drinks, and/or games. The Delta Sigma Theta sorority sold cake pops and t-shirts to reach their personal goal of raising $1,500. Ka'la Drayton is the vice president of the chapter and she appreciated her sorority sisters efforts in raising so much money to a cause that has personally affected her.
"I personally, my great grandmother has passed away from cancer, an aunt, two of my aunts actually have breast cancer," Drayton said. "Cancer is prevalent inside of my family and it really just means a lot to me to have my own chapter participating in relay for life."
Students continued to walk as the rain continued to pour down. Maggie Barrett helps organize USC Relay for Life to honor her mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"The money goes towards research, patient programs like the hope lodge, and Look Good Feel Good for women with breast cancer," Barrett said. "So there is a lot of great ways that it can help people."
Donations for USC Relay for Life will still be accepted through August to add to this year's total.