Relay for Life Begins April 19

April 10, 2013

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life takes place at Xavier University beginning Friday, April 19th at 3:00 p.m. and continuing through Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 a.m. This is Xavier’s 11th Relay For Life with the slogan “To a Cure and Beyond.” The 18-hour event celebrates survivors, remembers those who have lost the battle, and fights back against the disease. Relay For Life began in 1985 and has blossomed into The American Cancer Society’s largest fundraising event to help eliminate cancer. It is open to the public.

Teams from the Xavier community, including students and businesses, run or walk on a track in front of the Gallagher Student Center throughout the entire event, raising awareness and funds for research, service and education. It’s a non-stop event filled with games, contests, live music and more. A Luminaria Ceremony at 9:00 p.m. Friday honors those who have been touched by cancer with candles and a silent lap.

This year’s Xavier Relay For Life hopes to raise at least $35,000, and meet the highest amount ever raised at Xavier. Participants set their own fundraising goals but each team is asked to raise at least $1,000 and individuals at least $100. Individuals raising $100 will receive a t-shirt and a wristband to eat free all night. Stop by at any point to enjoy the activities and cheer the participants. Donations will be greatly appreciated. Visit - follow on Twitter @XURelayforlife - Like the Relay For Life at Xavier University Facebook page. Xavier organizers are: Jonathan Burgei, president of Xavier Colleges Against Cancer, Hannah Barker, Relay mission chair, Aimee Rich, Relay recruitment chair, Karina Ogawa, Relay production chair, and Debora Kuchey, faculty advisor.