Manlius The Fayetteville-Manlius High School Science Honor Society is working to bring both the high school and eastern suburbs communities together to raise funds and awareness to save lives by holding a Relay For Life event at F-M High School on May 31.
“It’s something that almost everybody’s been impacted by, and we don’t do anything to recognize it in the community,” said Ben Gnacik, one of the advisors to SHS and a five-year survivor. “I think it’s something that will put both Fayetteville and Manlius in a good light, and it gives the community something to rally for. The high school has Dance Marathon, but the villages and town don’t really have anything to unify them. This is a one-day event where everyone can come together and work toward a common goal.”
Relay For Life is a 12-hour long community-based fundraising event which benefits the American Cancer Society. Each year, an estimated 5,000 Relay events are held in 20 countries and this year, there are four registered events in Central New York alone. To participate in Relay, anyone interested is encouraged to either join a team or become a team captain and start their own. Each participant must pay $10 to register for the walk, and each team must raise $100 per person. Any even though one teammate must be walking on the track for the entire 12-hour event, Gnacik said that it isn’t the kind of event that requires any training.
“One of the biggest misconceptions I’ve heard is that Relay is a race – I’ve heard people saying that they don’t want to train, or run – but it’s just a walk,” he said. “Additionally, if you sign up, you don’t have to be there for the entire 12 hours. That’s the hope, and I hope you’d stick around if you can, but at the same time, you don’t necessarily have to.”