Virginia Tech Relay for Life team makes pitch to get Al Roker to campus

By Dawn Jefferies - Anchor

BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) - NBC's Al Roker called on college campuses to show their school spirit to get him to campus to deliver his forecast on the Today Show.

Virginia Tech's Relay for Life team is doing just that as it shows Hokies have a lot to offer.

Roker, everyone's favorite weatherman, is about to hit the road and stop at college campuses across the country to deliver his forecast as part of Rokerthon 2017.

Virginia Tech's Relay for Life wants the Roker on the Drillfield for its April 21 event.

"I can't completely take full credit for it," smiled junior Shelby Burnett. "My mom actually sent me the idea."

Burnett said her mother, a loyal Today Show viewer, saw the call for video entries on the show and called her. Burnett then took the idea to the chapter, which happens to be largest collegiate Relay for Life for eight years and running.

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The group submitted a video showcasing campus and some of its relay events, all while telling Roker why Virginia Tech should be one of his stops and what world record they'd like his help to break.

"Last year we raised over $550,000 in a year," Burnett said.

Students upped the goal to $600,000 this year to raise even more money for the American Cancer Society.

They'll also live out the university motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in an effort to not only break a world record but to make a difference for cancer patients.

"We're really driven to do service in unconventional ways so this year we want Al to come help us break the world record for most hair donated to charity in an hour," Burnett said. Donated hair is often used to make hairpieces for children or adults who suffer from long-term medical hair loss.

Virginia Tech's Relay for Life entry also highlights a well known Hokie, Hoda Kotb, who happens to also be a Today Show co-host.

"We definitely wanted to include the bit about Hoda because she's one of our most famous alumni," Burnett smiled.

You can make a donation to the Virginia Tech Relay for Life team here.

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