EWU’s Athletic Training Club has participated in the West Plains Relay for Life event that benefits the American Cancer Society for the past three years. They will once again have a team that will take part in the event on May 17, but this year the club added another event in hopes of raising more money – and it was a complete success!
In the past, the club only managed to raise a few hundred dollars, so this year new club captain Amanda Humphrey came up with the idea of a Zumba-a-thon. It was held April 25 and the original goal was to raise $500 for cancer research. With more than 200 students and community members packing the EWU Skating Rink for the 6-9 p.m. event, the Zuma-a-thon raised $1,268.54. The club has raised more than $1,450 to date.
Karoline Braten, Crystal Buck and Louise Zahller, all instructors for EWU’s group exercise classes, volunteered to lead the marathon event. Faculty, such as Melissa Elfering and Bradley Filmore, offered extra credit to students that participated, and local businesses, such as the Basement, Willow Springs and Twisted Salon, donated door prizes ranging from Spokane Shock arena football tickets to free tanning sessions.
The West Plains Relay for Life event starts at 6 p.m. on May 17 at Medical Lake High school. To date, 25 teams consisting of 145 participants have raised nearly $16,000. For more information or to donate, visit the official West Plains Relay for Life page.