The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.
At the University of Oklahoma Relay For Live event, teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
The University of Oklahoma SPE Student Chapter has participated in the OU Relay for Life event for at least five years. For the past three years they have steadily increased the amount they been able to raise. This year, the SPE Relay for Life team raised over $17,400.
Funding came from:
- Contacts within the oil & gas industry
- Donations from generous alumni (some as recent as 2010 graduates)
- Several corporate sponsorships
- Creating and selling Engineers’ Club t-shirts
- Selling homemade cookies in the Students’ Union a few weeks before the event
The Chapter had a full team of 15 students this year – SPE members ranging from freshmen to graduates. Halliburton donated coveralls for each team member. The team won the American Cancer Society HOPE Trophy for the third consecutive year. The award is given to the team that raises the most funds, has the best participation during Relay for Life, sells over 20 Luminarias, and has a full team (15 members).
New this year, the Chapter also helped to organize a benefit concert in Norman featuring the band Fiawna Forte on April 1, sponsored by Gray Wireline.
What a fantastic achievement everyone!