April 12, 2004
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life was held April 1st and 2nd on the campus of Western Carolina University. The event began Friday night and continued through the night until Saturday morning. Several Catamount student-athletes took part in this year's event.
Teams were organized with five to fifty members per team that took turns participating the duration of the event so that each team had a representative participating through the night onto the next morning. Most teams averaged 20 to 30 per team. Freshman football player Mikael Scott was a team facilitator. He organized a group of his teammates and friends to participate in the relay with him. Scott also participated in the Relay for Life while in high school. "I wanted to continue participating in this event in college - I enjoy helping people and feel this is a way I can contribute." Shamar Allen, also a freshman football player recruited by Scott to participate, was drawn to the activity because it is one in which Western Carolina students can interact with members of the community. "I enjoyed participating because my teammates and I were able to do it together," Allen says.
Heather Kasey, a WCU cheerleader was this year's chairperson for WCU's Relay for Life. Kasey said, "We need to find a cure and educate students, faculty and the WCU family in the prevention and early detection of cancer." Kasey reported that this year's Relay for Life at WCU raised over $ 12,000 for the American Cancer Society.