The Florida College Friends performed at the Relay for Life of Temple Terrace event on Friday, April 17, meeting with cancer survivors and caregivers after their performance.
Located at the nearby Greco Middle School, the event began at 6 p.m. and lasted until 6 a.m. the following morning, symbolizing that cancer never sleeps.
The survivors and caregivers were honored at the opening ceremonies, after which they were treated to a meal provided by Olive Garden. Several notable city officials were present, including Mayor Frank Chillura, City Councilman Eddie Vance and former Mayor Joe Affronti. Florida College’s presence at the event was strong as well, including faculty, students and staff. Dale Dye ’12, the College’s special assistant to advancement, was present. For Dye, a survivor himself, the annual event is especially meaningful.
“Relay For Life is an event that the whole community rallies behind,” he said. “I am thankful for other local businesses and organizations who want to make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
After the Friends performance, the College’s director of alumni relations, Adam Olson ’00 (who also directs the Friends), performed Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” during the luminaria ceremony, which honored those who have lost their lives to cancer.
“I’m so glad that Florida College continues to maintain presence at this annual event,” said Olson. “It was a true privilege getting to meet and honor so many survivors.”