ADEM at Relay for Life

ADEM at Relay for Life

By: Marcos Cruz & Adriana Rodriguez

March 4, 2012

Format: News Story & Historical

The synthetic track of the UPRM Campus filled with people walking for the fight against cancer. There were tents where the people walking went a got food, water, and supplies or went to rest during the 24 hour event.

The event “Relevo Por La Vida” (Relay for life) is an event held by the American Society against cancer. This event was held on April 28th, 2012 at the synthetic running track at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM).

It’s a tradition of the UPRM to celebrate each year this event, which brings up a lot of people from different areas of the west region of the island.

The synthetic track of the UPRM Campus filled with people walking for the fight against cancer. There were tents where the people walking went a got food, water, and supplies or went to rest during the 24 hour event.

There were a lot of high schools, religious groups, and local companies, all marching for the same cause. This brings funds to the cancer society and expresses their support to cancer patients by walking for 24 hours from Saturday to Sunday.

“Relevo Por La Vida” is a moving celebration about the survival of cancer patients, the event starts with the first march or walk through the track with the “survivors”, this is called the victory lap, at midnight they turn off all the lights and the track is illuminated by all the candles that are placed by the different boys and girl scouts troops and also volunteers from the event. This is called the Illuminator ceremony, the motive of this ceremony is to honor those cancer fighters and those who lost their life. They also light up fire balloons to the sky; they were seen as stars symbolizing those who lost their life.

In the event there were live bands playing inspiring and supportive music for everyone, the environment was really emotional as people were walking; some people identified themselves with some relative with cancer and started crying. Events like these show what being human is all about, giving support to others in need. During the event everyone was hugging each other. As the night passed everything got more vibrant, the fireworks show was spectacular and also scared a few peers who were not warned about the heavy explosion sounds they produced.

The faculty of Business Administration (ADEM), was really engaged and gave a lot of promotion of the event, they could recollect the highest quantity of money possible. Leonardo Caban, Student council from ADEM explained that this event was the biggest one in Puerto Rico from any cancer association, “this event is not only to recollect funds” Leonardo said. It’s also to involve new communities to the event and inform them so they can be part of the mission in the fight against cancer.

Leonardo was so pleased with the achievements this year on the ADEM Team. The team was able to surpass their established refund goal. ADEM passed from gold rank to platinum with a total recollection of $7,739.00 for the American Cancer Association; he thanked everyone who opened their wallet to help with the money,l the professors and students who joined the big walk. The ADEM faculty was also able to scoop a few prizes as well, such as: Third place at “Best Comparsa at the parade”, second place on “Major Educational Refund” and first place on “Best Theme” and “Best Spiritual and Emotional Team”

Gali Dias, Leader of the ADEM march said: “ I got no words to describe, to highlight and thank the collaboration of all ADEM faculties and student societies, which had been working since September, 2011 and reunited and compromised with me to work for this event ”.  The students planned informative and refund activities through the whole year and their efforts and dedication were the key to inspire a lot of people to succeed on the event. They always said “Professor don’t worry, we are going to make it”, and they worked really hard in different ways so the team managed to won four prizes. This triumph is for them, my ADEM students who gave their maximum and must feel proud about their contribution to improve the quality life of cancer patients.

Ramón Dávila Ortiz is a cancer survivor who is an active member on “Relevo Por La Vida”, he is a successful orthopedic from Bayamón and resides in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.  In 2007 he was diagnosed with lymphoma on his neck, he lost half of his nervous system on his face.

His life changed forever, he wasn’t the only one suffering from this cancer disease, his wife and daughter were pretty sad and scared to lose him, and he lost a lot of weight and hair during the chemotherapies. But he never gave up, in a year and a half with the therapies he won the fight against cancer.

Ramon Davila, right in the middle, on the morning running his bicycle with his team. He will never give up his passion of bicycles, not even after being diagnosed with cancer.

Ramón is an active and athletic person, he’s always riding long distances on his bicycle, and he even finished a race, where the goal is to ride the whole island from coast to coast with a group of other riders. Ramón is an inspiration for any cancer patient, he lives by these words, “If everything was easy on life, then everyone would make it. You have to fight and never give up on what you want”.

In the decade of 1980, Dr. Gordy Klatt, colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Washington, wanted to find a way to raise funds for the American society against cancer in his region. Personally he decided to raise funds doing something that he loves, running marathons. In May 1985, Dr. Klatt went through 24 hours and almost 83 miles running and walking around in the track of the University of Puget Sound. All day friends,  paid $25 dollars to run or walk a half hour with the doctor. That first year more than 300 friends contributed to this cause and collected $27,000 for the fight against cancer.

In 2012, more than 4 million people participate in the event in more than 5,200 communities over the United States, and other events in other 20 countries, making this event a movement to the war against cancer.

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Ramón Dávila interview:

What is your job Ramon?

–          I’m a orthopedic and I work In Bayamón,Yauco,Ponce ,San German and I live In Hormigueros.

When were you diagnosed with cancer?

–          On 2007, I was diagnosed with lymphoma on my neck

What side-effects you felt from the cancer?

–          I lost half of my face nerves, lost a lot of weight and I lost my hair too.

How did your life changed after being diagnose?

–          My life changed forever  I wasn’t the only one suffering from the cancer disease, my wife and daughter were pretty sad and scared to lose me.

How long you battle against cancer?

–          For one and a half year. I never gave up; the chemotherapies really did their job and helped me get through from this nightmare.

What are your hobbies Ramon?

–          I am really active and athletic , I’m  always riding long distances on bicycle, Recently I  participated  in a race which the goal is to ride the whole island from coast to coast with a pack of other riders.

Leonardo Caban interview:

What are your thoughts about this event?

–          This event is not only to recollect a fund. Is also to involucrate new communities to the event and inform them so they can be part of the mission in the fight against cancer.

How well ADEM did on the event?

–          I was so pleased with the achievements this year on the Adem Team. The team was able to surpass their established refund goal.

What are some of the achievements ADEM got?

–          Adem passed from gold rank to platinum with a total refund of $7,739.00 for the American Cancer Association and first place on “Best Theme” and “Best spiritual and emotional team”.

Gali Dias interview

What was your position this year on the ADEM team?

–          I was the team leader.

How do you feel with the worked done this year?

–          I got no words to describe to highlight and thank the collaboration of all ADEM faculties and student societies, which had been working since September, 2011 and reunited and compromised with me to work for this event.

What was the main key to all this success?

–          The students planned informative and refund activities through the whole year and with their efforts and dedication was the key to inspire a lot of people to succeed on the event.

How do you feel with all the prizes your team won?

–          This triumph is for them, my ADEM students who gave their maximum and must feel proud about their contribution to improve the quality life of cancer patients.

List of Sources:

Gali Diaz- Team captain of ADEM “Relevo Por La Vida” team

Leonardo Caban: Student Council of Business Administration

Ramon Davila: Cancer survivor

Cancer.org: Historical events

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1 Comment

  1. May 22, 2012 at 12:00 am05

    This is good that you include relevant information but, you don’t need to include the interview questions. I like the cause of this cyclism movement. Sometimes I see these guys cycling in Cabo Rojo area. I admire the way you guys do cycling because it is exhausting cycling from a town to another. Good Job doing your historical feature story research.


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