March 11, 2014
The UVa Relay for Life began Friday evening at Memorial Gym in Charlottesville.
More than a thousand students spent the whole night walking laps around the gym for Relay for Life.
The event raises money for the American Cancer Society, but it also celebrates cancer survivors and offers hope to those struggling with the disease.
Organizers say that even though the event goes late, the energy does not go down.
"It's awesome, it's perfect. Just looking out right now, it's some of the most people that I've ever seen at this event," said Drew Souders, the Relay for Life Entertainment Co-chair.
"If you come at any point in the night, you'll see people jumping, running around, the energy is definitely up throughout the entire night," said Kelly Sullivan, an event co-chair.
"It's infectious," event co-chair Katie Bailey agreed.
The UVa Relay's goal for their night was $150,000. Three hours into the event, students had raised $156,000. In March, they hit the one million dollar mark for cumulative fundraising.
The race ends at 6 a.m. on Saturday.