By Heather Newlin, Chattanooga, Tenn. —

The Freshman Senate and Omega Phi Alpha service sorority are putting on pajamas to Put Cancer To Sleep at an all night walkathon Fundraiser on Saturday, April 23.

From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Engel Stadium will host the walk to raise donations for Relay for Life, a global organization that hosts life-changing events to raise funds to fight back against cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life planning committee for Hamilton County receives all the funds raised from the walkathon. The money is then used to help cancer patients and survivors and as well as for conducting cancer research.

Sydnie Jeffers, the chairperson for Campus and Community Service for Freshman Senate and a freshman from Oneida, Tenn., is working to get small businesses from Chattanooga involved in the walkathon.

“Our theme is ‘Put Cancer to Sleep,’ because we thought it would be out of the ordinary and fun to organize an event at night where participants can wear their pajamas,” said Jeffers. “Using Engel Stadium for a walkathon was an idea that we could not refuse… The history that’s within Engel combined with the chance to actually be there on the field at night is such a different, awesome way to gather the UTC community to raise funds and awareness for cancer.”

Engel Stadium’s central downtown location and rich Chattanooga history makes it the perfect location to gather the Chattanooga community to raise funds for a great cause.

“We want this event to be fun, but we also want it to be special, honoring those that have fought cancer,” Jeffers said.

If anyone wants to help, but is unable to attend the event, they can donate on Relay for Life’s website at

If anyone is interested in participating, the Freshman Senate and Omega Phi Alpha will be tabling in the UC to garner participants and donations.