Students to Fight Cancer with Latin-Themed Relay Event

Palm Beach Atlantic University students Olivia Joyce, left, and Tosin David display T-shirts during the 2011 Relay for Life at PBA. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
Palm Beach Atlantic University students Olivia Joyce, left, and Tosin David display T-shirts during the 2011 Relay for Life at PBA.
As the daughter of a cancer survivor, Palm Beach Atlantic University sophomore Olivia Joyce felt drawn to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event held on the University’s campus last March.

“It was truly one of the highlights of last year for me,” said Joyce, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., who is majoring in medicinal and biological chemistry and who plans to attend pharmacy school.

This year, Joyce and junior Tosin David are co-chairing the event, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. today on the Warren Plaza. The all-night charity walk is open to the PBA community.

Relay for Life is an overnight relay-style event in which teams of people camp out around a track. Members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event.

This year’s theme is “Havana Nights.” Cuban food will be available for sale, and the schedule of activities includes a salsa-making competition, a Latin cardio demonstration led by Financial Aid Counselor Geneveve Gort and a Latin dancing lesson.

Time Relay for Life Event
6 p.m. Opening ceremony
6-11 p.m. Food, music, dunk tank, bounce house, face painting
6:30 p.m. Latin cardio
7:30 p.m. Latin dancing lesson, salsa (food) competition
8:45 p.m. Luminaria ceremony
9:15 p.m. Latin dancing competition
11 p.m. Quiet walking
7 a.m. (Sat.) Sunrise service
8 a.m. Boot camp workout
9 a.m. Walk continues until noon


PBA faculty will participate in a dunk tank, and three of PBA’s armed forces veterans will take part in the presentation of the colors. The official walk will begin with a survivor’s lap.

The event also will include a traditional Luminaria Ceremony, during which the walking path will be lit by candles in paper bags adorned with special messages in honor of those touched by cancer.

According to recent statistics, one in three people will be affected by cancer. Last year’s event at PBA raised more than $14,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Joyce, whose father now has been cancer-free for at least five years, said she hopes that students will come out to support the event, regardless of whether they participate on a team.

“Our campus community has been affected by losses due to cancer,” she said. “It’s a great way to show your support and come together as a family.”

Among those losses was Sailfish baseball coach and MLB Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter, whose battle with brain cancer ended on Feb 16.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Havana Restaurant, Chick-fil-A and


Category Tag(s): 03/2012 General News