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Xavier students raise money and awareness to fight cancer with annual Relay For Life event

The theme of this year's event on Friday, April 16, is "Wish Upon a Cure"


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

Relay for Life is open to the public. It 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 honors those who have suffered from cancer.

The goal of this year’s event is to have at least 33 teams raise $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 for $25. If they raise $100, they receive a T-shirt. Cancer survivors who participate do not pay a fee. Those who are not able to attend the entire 18-hour Relay are welcome to participate in games and on-site fundraisers.

To learn more about Xavier’s Relay for Life, make a donation or sign up to participate, please visit the web site at