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Numb toes can't stop 'Relay for Life'

"RELAY for Life" is an event that raises awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. It is also a mantra that guides the actions of a group of committed SAS students and staff.

On November 11, more than 100 students and chaperones started walking on the SAS Pudong track with one goal in mind, "Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back."

During "Relay for Life," participants are arranged into groups and one person from each group must be on the track at all times.

In this way, each group walks for 24 hours in alternative shifts.

"Relay for Life" started off on a beautiful morning; the sun was out, and nothing could dampen the students' spirits. However, as the night progressed, our mantra turned into "let's get through the next 24 hours without contracting hypothermia or frostbite."

We all know how unpredictable Shanghai weather can be, but none of the participants were truly prepared for the icy cold that enveloped us that night. However, participants talked, walked, played games such as capture the flag, and ate food generously donated by Element Fresh. And in true SAS spirit, we maintained a positive attitude throughout.

At around 3am, the sophomore team "Fast Track" seemed destined to win. They were so far ahead that all other teams were close to giving up.

Against all odds though, the junior team, Hakuna Matata, found the energy to run their laps. They proved that determination and sheer willpower can overcome great odds.

The National Honor Society, in charge of the event, also directed a luminaria walk, which was perhaps the most important and memorable part of Relay for Life. Paper bags bought by participants for 10 yuan each were decorated with the names of those who had lost their lives to cancer.

NHS takes the paper bags, places candles in them, and sets them up to spell out the word "HOPE." Students and chaperones then walked around the track in silence.

Amreen Ahmad, Grade 11, Shanghai American School


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