The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life takes place at Xavier beginning Friday, April 20, at 3:00 p.m. and ending on Saturday, April 21, at 9:00 a.m. This is Xavier’s 10th Relay For Life event. The theme is Superheroes under the slogan “Finding Cancer’s Kryptonite.” The 18-hour relay celebrates survivors, remembers those who have died from cancer and pledges to fight back against the disease. The event is open to the public.
Teams from the Xavier community, including students and local businesses, run and walk on a track in front of the Gallagher Student Center on the Xavier Yard throughout the entire 18 hours to raise awareness and funds for research, service and education. It’s an event filled with games, contests and live music that continues through the night. A luminaria ceremony on Friday at 9:00 p.m. includes a candle-lighting in honor of individuals who have been touched with cancer. The lap is often walked in silence.
The largest amount of donations ever raised by Xavier Relay For Life is $35,188, and the team hopes to top that sum this year. Last year’s Relay for Life raised $27,500. Participants and teams set their own fundraising goals but each team is asked to raise at least $1,000 with an individual minimum of $100. Individuals raising $100 will receive a T-shirt and a wristband that allows them free food for the entire event. Participants who raise $25 receive the wristband for food all night. Those unable to stay the entire 18 hours are welcome to stop by at any point and enjoy the many activities planned.
Donations will continue to be accepted throughout the event. To donate, sign up or learn more about this charitable event, please visit the Relay for Life website. The event can be followed on Twitter, @XURelayforlife or on Facebook under Relay For Life at Xavier University.
Relay For Life began in 1985 as a way to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Since then, the event has blossomed into the largest fundraising mechanism to fight cancer. Xavier’s Relay For Life event on campus allows students, faculty and friends to help support the mission of the American Cancer Society, which has a goal to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.