Skip to main content
Western Kentucky University

Media Relations

Kathryn Steward guest speaker at WKU Relay for Life event

Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 3:30 am
Lindsay Kriz College Heights Herald

Relay for Life heightens awareness of cancer

WKU Relay for Life Survivors
Cancer survivors pose for pictures during Relay for Life in Houchens-Smith Stadium this weekend. Many were multiple-generation cancer survivors or had family members who were affected by different types of cancer. Those affected by cancer "never get rest," according to speaker Kathryn Steward, assistant director of health education at WKU.
____________________________________________________________

Bowling Green High School senior Natalie Gugler was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 5 years old.

"I was expected to survive because we caught it right away," she said.


Gugler said she went through chemotherapy treatments, including spinal taps, bone marrow aspirations and IVs before the cancer fully receded.

"You're just a kid," she said. "Your parents tell you what's going on, but you don't know. The big thing is looking back and seeing."


To celebrate her recovery, Gugler attended WKU's annual Relay for Life Finale Event.

The event, which took place at Houchens-Smith Stadium, lasted from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.


Activities throughout the night included inflatable games, a corn hole tournament and a scavenger hunt.

Survivors had a dinner in Downing University Center before arriving at the stadium, where they walked half a lap amidst cheers and music.


At 11 p.m., participants lit luminarias and walked a lap in honor of loved ones who lost the battle with cancer. At 5 a.m., participants made a personal commitment to fighting cancer.

Lexington junior Abby Harvey said plans for the finale have been in place since August of last year, when the Relay for Life executive committee has a retreat to discuss plans.


Harvey said one of the best events is the Sober Bar Crawl, in which a man dresses as a woman and asks people at bars for money for the organization.

She said that staying up for so long didn't bother her.


"Cancer patients don't get a night off, so we can stay up one night for them," she said.

Pikeville senior Mitch Jackson, accounting chair for Relay for Life, said different teams compete throughout the night to raise the most money.


"It's my job to count it all up and determine who won," he said.

Jackson said there are about 30 groups of 10 to 15 people competing.


"We have a $40,000 goal this year," he said.

Evansville, Ind., senior Chad Beswick, president of the WKU Kentucky Public Health Association, said the goal is to heighten awareness and education about cancer.

"Ultimately, we want to get the Susan G. Komen walk here in Bowling Green in 18 months," he said. "The closest one is in Louisville, but there's nothing out west. We hope we can bring it here."

Categories
All News  Now Viewing Category: All
School of Journalism & Broadcasting
CEBS
Media Relations
Academic Affairs
Augenstein Alumni Center
Instruments of American Excellence
Transportation
Emergency Preparedness
Police
Department of Music
Department of Theatre & Dance
Library News
Office of Sustainability
Office of International Programs
Office of Research
Ogden News
PCAL
WKU Greeks News
WKU Parent and Family Weekend
Parent's Association
Student Activities and Organizations
Scholarships Student Financial Assistance
Student Government Association News
Van Meter Auditorium
Teaching News
Study Abroad
Student Research Council
Student Employment
WKU Joint Admissions
International Student Office
Human Resources News
Cultural Enhancement Series
CHHS News
The Confucius Institute
Campus Activities Board
GFCB
WellU
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky
Development and Alumni Relations
Downing Student Union
Health Services
Hardin Planetarium
News from The Center for Gifted Studies
Student Financial Assistance
Downing Museum
Etown & Fort Knox
Facilities
Employee Wellness
Latest Headlines
Energy Conservation and Parking Lot Closures

Wednesday, December 17th to Sunday, January 20th

WKU Advanced Manufacturing graduate builds bright future
Winter Break Parking and Transit

Reduced services will be in effect during the Winter Break.

Featured Articles

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 
 Last Modified 9/24/14