Students use feet to find cure at American Cancer Society's Relay For Life

Eighteen-hour event celebrates survivorship, raises funds for cancer research, education, advocacy, service | April 1, 2006

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, an 18-hour event that takes place on the campus greenspace Friday, April 7, celebrates survivorship and raises funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and service.

Relay For Life begins at 6:00 p.m. on and ends at noon on Saturday, April 8. The relay brings together teams from around the Xavier community, local businesses and families for camaraderie, food, music and entertainment and a night under the stars. Team members take turns walking or running on a track.

The goal of this year's relay is to have more than 33 teams and raise more than $35,000 for the American Cancer Society. Participants have a chance to win prizes including a P&G gift pack and a Gold's Gym membership.

Relay For Life begins with a cancer survivors walk and reception to celebrate life at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, April 7. At 10:00 p.m., a luminaria ceremony honors those who are battling cancer and remembers those who have lost their fight.

"Relay For Life brings communities together," says Mindy Heitker, co-chair of Xavier's Relay For Life. "We honor each person who has been touched by this disease while raising money for much needed cancer research, education, advocacy and service."