Relay for Life is a worldwide movement that raises millions of dollars to help fight cancer. The race hits close to home for most people. WVU students from Arnold Hall helped organize a Zumbathon to raise money for the event.
People that danced at the Zumbathon had different reasons for why they came to the event.
"I dance for my dad," said Alexis Claassen, who helped organize the event. "And hope for others that no one has to experience the pain of cancer and for more birthdays."
"My mom has had ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer so relay for life is a really big part of my family and it means a lot to me," said Brittany Stutzman, a Zumba dancer.
Relay for Life is near to Claassen's heart as well as most of the other people that came out to dance.
"My dad passed of cancer in April so it was a big deal for us," said Claassen. "When I was at school I wanted to help but I couldn't because they were in another state so we put this together to help anyone who was in the same situation."
Claassmen put together this event with some help from Molly Hott. She was the perfect partner because she's a Zumba instructor.
"Cancer affects everyone no matter who you are you know someone who has been affected by cancer," said Hott. "So this is just a way for us all to come together and support that cause."
People bought shirts from the event and wrote who or what they were dancing for.
All the proceeds from signing up for zumba to the raffle went straight to Relay for Life.
"It's huge to us that they came out and supported a relay for life event and that they're here for a great cause to Zumba," said Claassmen. "We put so much time into the sponsors, all the activities, everyone who's going to be here. It just means so much to us that all our hard work was worth it."
Arnold Hall has it's own Relay for Life team and will be participating in WVU's relay on April 19th this year.