To acknowledge how cancer never sleeps, Key Club members from the west side of Las Vegas camped on the football field at Spring Valley High School for 12 hours; before winter break, the price to attend was $10, then it rose to $40.

My favorite part of going to Relay is always getting to hug and say ‘hi’ to my friends from different schools that I rarely see nowadays,” Key Club VP of Community Service Mary Intal said.

Despite having paid, Key Club almost couldn’t attend the event because they lacked chaperones. However, after advertising the issue on social media, the club was able to secure the necessary amount of chaperones.

“We had chaperones drop out a few days beforehand, which was really frustrating,” Key Club Secretary Alexis Pereyra said. “Over 100 members were counting on me and my board to go to this event. If we didn’t have the right amount of chaperones, not only would I be devastated because I personally wouldn’t be going, but I’d be crushed if every single one of our members wouldn’t be able to either.”

Attendees had the option of staying from 6-11 p.m. or 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Participants were allowed to bring items like tents, sleeping bags, food and drinks, so they were comfortable throughout the night.

“I brought a jacket, a blanket and a portable phone charger,” junior Ashley Carino said. “I made sure to get all the necessary items to survive the 12 hours on the field.”

To fundraise for the club, board members sold waffles and windbreakers. While syrup came with the waffles for free, whipped cream, bananas and chocolate syrup could be added for 50 cents and strawberries, chocolate chips and ice cream could be added for $1. Windbreakers were on sale for $36.

“Prior to the event, we were constantly discussing the shift hours for waffle making, and clarifying that each member knew what supplies they were bringing,” Intal said. “We chose waffles because we wanted something sweet that would warm up the customers, so they could buy it throughout the night.”

Cancer patients and survivors also attended the event to share their experiences. During the opening ceremony, they walked the first lap as other attendees cheered them on.

“What made it memorable was the silent walk [for cancer], and the words ‘hope’ and ‘cure’ made out of the lights on the bleachers,” sophomore Sierra Todd said. “It reminded us that there is more happening around us than we realize. When we walked, [there was] this peaceful silence that you could tell was full of meaning.”

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