Students seek to raise money and awareness for cancer research

This year 33 teams are participating with a goal of $33,000 | April 13, 2008

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life takes place on campus beginning on Friday, April 18, at 6:00 p.m. and continuing through Saturday, April 19, at noon. The event celebrates cancer survivorship and raises funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and service. The theme for this year’s 18-hour event is “Holidays,” with each team representing a different holiday. Activities throughout the Relay are incorporating the theme, such as a New Year’s countdown to finish one of the laps, an Easter egg hunt, and other fun ideas.

Relay for Life 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 located on the Greenspace in front of the Gallagher Student Center. A number of student bands are entertaining on the Greenspace. At 10:00 p.m. on Friday, a luminaria ceremony will honor those who have suffered from cancer.

The goal of this year’s relay is to have at least 33 teams participate and to raise at least $33,000 for the American Cancer Society. Participants have a chance to win prizes and giveaways. Individuals can participate for a $10 fee and teams can enter for a $100 registration fee. Any cancer survivors wishing to participate pay no fees. 

"Relay For Life is about celebration, remembrance and hope,” says Jackie Hendrickson, publicity chair. “It offers members of the community a chance to come together and honor those that have been affected by cancer and strive for further research."

The American Cancer Society is the leading nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

To learn more about Xavier’s Relay for Life or to donate or sign up, visit