Xavier Students Raise Money and Awareness to Fight Cancer

April 7, 2010

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life takes place at Xavier University beginning Friday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. and continuing through Saturday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. The event celebrates cancer survivorship and raises funds for research, education, advocacy and service. The theme for this year’s 18-hour event is Disney- “Wish Upon a Cure!” Relay for Life is open to the public.

Relay for Life brings together teams from the Xavier community, local businesses and families for camaraderie, food, entertainment and a night under the stars. Team members take turns walking or running on a track on the Greenspace in front of the Gallagher Student Center. There will be live music and a DJ all night. At 9:00 p.m. on Friday, a luminaria ceremony will honor those who have suffered from cancer. A full schedule of events follows at the end of this release.

The goal of this year’s Relay is to have at least 33 teams raising $1,000 each for a total of $33,000 for the American Cancer Society. Participants have chances to win prizes and giveaways throughout the event. Individuals can participate and get food all night for $25 and if they raise $100, they get a t-shirt. Cancer survivors who participate can attend and receive a t-shirt without a fee. If unable to attend the entire 18-hour Relay, people are more than welcome to participate in games, on-site fundraisers and donations will be gratefully accepted. To learn more about Xavier’s Relay for Life, to donate, or sign up, please visit www.relayforlife.org/xu

Relay For Life brings students, faculty, friends and families together to support the mission and goals of the American Cancer Society by raising funds and awareness and advocating for those affected by cancer. The American Cancer Society is the leading national 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.