Xavier students raise money and awareness in fight against cancer with annual Relay for Life

The overnight event includes food, music and parties that start Friday, April 24, and continue for 18 hours | April 22, 2009

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivorship and raises funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and service. This year’s 18-hour event takes place on Xavier University’s campus beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and continuing overnight through Saturday, April 25, with a closing ceremony at 9:00 a.m.

The theme this year is “Circus.”

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 entertain on the Greenspace. At 9:00 p.m. on Friday, a luminaria ceremony honors those who have suffered from cancer.

The goal of this year’s event is to have at least 22 teams raise at least $22,000 for the American Cancer Society. Participants have a chance to win prizes and giveaways. Individuals can participate for a $10 registration fee and teams can enter for a $100 fee. Cancer survivors wishing to participate pay no fee. If unable to do the Relay, donations are gratefully accepted. To learn more about Xavier’s Relay for Life or to donate or sign up, please log on to events.cancer.org.

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

Relay for Life is open to the public. 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.