The event begins April 2 at 6:00 p.m. on the residential mall in front of the Gallagher Student Center and lasts 18 hours. Members of walking teams take turns walking around a "track" on the Xavier campus, symbolizing the fact that cancer never sleeps.
At the heart of the Relay For Life is an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have battled cancer, both survivors and caregivers. A highlight of the event is the first lap, which is designated the cancer survivor's lap. Cheered on by family, friends and colleagues, cancer survivors take one lap together symbolizing the courage they and their families display and sustain in their lives.
There also is an evening luminaria ceremony on Friday evening at 9:00 p.m. Lighted luminaria, sold by volunteers, are decorated with the names of cancer survivors and of those lost to cancer. They are placed around the track to light the way for hope.
The Relay For Life also helps raise money to support American Cancer Society-funded research, education, advocacy and patient support programs. The year's goal for the University's portion of the nationwide event is $40,000.
"Cancer does not discriminate against age, gender, race or religion," says Donna Waymire, the University's Relay for Life student advisor. "Once you have been touched by cancer you are forever changed. We at Xavier are blessed to have a wonderful group of students who decided they wanted to make a difference."
Volunteers can participate in teams of eight to 10 walkers. There is a $10 per person registration fee, and each team's goal is to raise $1,000 in fundraised dollars.
There is entertainment throughout the evening, and food is being served. This is a non-alcoholic, non-smoking event. Spectators are welcome to come and participate.
For more information or to register, contact Ashley Stock, with Xavier's Relay for Life, at 513 924-8513 or Jamie Webb, with the American Cancer Society, at 513 891-1600.