The Commerce Journal

April 10, 2013

The official sponsor of birthdays

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The Field House at Texas A&M University-Commerce can’t contain the amount of people who want to walk to help cure cancer.

Last year, more than 600 people showed up to walk in the Relay for Life event, pushing the limits of the Field House.

For the first time in years, the event is planned to be held outside at the Grid, which is directly behind Whitley Hall on Culver Street. The 12 hour event will begin April 12 at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. on April 13.

“We have almost 500 people registered online so far,” Ashley Moses, event director for the Relay for Life event, said, adding that many people wait to register at the event. “We’re hoping for at least 700 to 800 people this year.”

This will be the 10th annual Relay for Life event. And so far this year, the event has already raised more than $15,000.

Moses, a senior who is serving in her first year as director, said she has been coming to the event since her freshment year. According to her, the event is worth staying up all night for.

“This event is unique in that it is not for one particular cancer, but it is spread out through the Amercian Cancer Society,” she said.

Moses said this event is not only for the university, but has the support of Commerce and the outlying communities.

“The Campus provides the site for us, and City Hall has cooperated with us as well,” she said, adding that many businesses in Commerce, including Brookshires and Taco Bell, have helped the cause. “We were in the Bois D’arc Bash and in the April edition of the Commerce Connection.”

The event will have games for younger kids, and will have food, games and music available for attendees.

Moses said the workers do not have any credit card machines at the event, so people wanting to register at the event, or purchase food, will need to bring cash.

The American Cancer Society’s slogan is “The Official Sponsor of Birthdays”, and Moses said she wants to continue that spirit.

“Everybody’s welcome,” she said. “Come out and have fun, celebrate those who have won, remember the lost and fight back.”

For those wanting more information, or to register online for the event, visit