Relay for Life Expecting Good Student Turnout
Byline: Ryan Dai
Hoffman Estates High School's track field has hosted numerous races in the past, but the track will host a different kind of race this month - a race for life.
The American Cancer Society will host its inaugural Relay for Life at the track from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 18. The relay will raise money for cancer research.
Students from HEHS have already collected donations for the event. About 130 students will run in teams in a 12-hour relay. Each team consists of eight to 12 people, and teams must have at least one member running at all times during the 12 hours.
In addition to Hoffman students, local corporations and members of the Hoffman Estates village board have shown interest in the event. In fact, village President Michael O'Malley will conduct the opening ceremony as honorary chairman.
The relay runners like the idea and are eager to participate.
"I'm normally on the track team here at Hoffman," junior Lisa Schooley said. "This relay gives me a chance to use my hobby to promote a worthy cause."
Another participant, junior Wen Jen Chang, is getting a real kick out of running for cancer.
"This fund-raiser is filled with a lot of energy," Chang said. "That makes the whole experience so much more exciting to be involved in."
Spectators will be able to support the runners and enjoy music, dancing and refreshments as well. …