With many organizations hosting events in recognition of breast cancer awareness month, Relay for Life, a group that focuses on raising funds for the disease, is encouraging students to support the cause.

The organization hosts an annual race in the spring, but the group already has events lined up for this month.

Andrea Bennett, senior in political science and the president of the executive planning committee for Relay for Life, said the event is committed to its cause.

"Relay for Life is an all-night event that supports the American Cancer Society by raising funds and awareness. Our philosophy is that cancer doesn't sleep, so for one night we won't either," Bennett said.

Students on campus are encouraged to get active and try out some events. Bennett said that the best way to get involved is to "... join our planning committee by visiting relayutk.org or by creating a team to participate at relayforlife.org/utk."

Preston Hewgley, senior in biomedical engineering and growth board chairman for Relay for Life, said anyone on campus can find a way to get involved.

"Relay for Life is one of the largest scale philanthropy events on this campus because we attract so many diverse organizations. From Greek organizations to clubs and sports teams, Relay for Life is a must-do event on this campus."

There are also more recent events happening now and in the weeks to come that students can get involved in.

"This week is 'Paint the Campus Purple' week," Hewgley said, "so we will be holding events all week. We had a successful tailgate last Saturday to kick off the week, raising over $300."

Today, the organization will be set up on Pedestrian Walkway handing out awareness ribbons, and later Cool Beans will sponsor a trivia night for the group.

On Wednesday, Luminarias, paper balloons that float with candles inside, will be prepared. The Luminarias will be released on Pedestrian Walkway to remember the victims of cancer.

On Thursday, the organization will again be on Pedestrian signing a memorial banner, and later, Hewgley said, "the real fun begins."

Partnering with the bars on Cumberland Avenue, or the Strip, the group has organized an event called "Paint the Strip Purple." For $5, people can buy a wristband that will get them drink specials at all bars on the Strip. All proceeds from the wristband will go directly to the American Cancer Society.

Most bars are offering 15 percent donation of the revenue from the drink specials.

The last event for "Paint the Campus Purple" will be on Monday, Oct. 29 at Jason's Deli. Patrons who buy a meal are encouraged to drop their receipt in the Relay for Life box on the way out and the restaurant will donate 15 percent of all purchases.

Hewgley said this event is personally important to him.

"My favorite part of Relay for Life is the Luminaria ceremony. My grandmother died of breast cancer before I was born, so it's always emotional to remember stories of her at this memorial ceremony."