Xavier hosts Relay for Life

Cancer fundraising event dedicated to memory of the late James E. Hoff, S.J., former University president | March 21, 2005

American Cancer Society Relay for Life is an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have battled cancer, both survivors and caregivers. This year Xavier students are dedicating the relay to the memory of James E. Hoff, S.J., chancellor and former president of Xavier University. Hoff died July 23, 2004, after a four-month battle with cancer.

The relay begins Friday, April 1, at 6:00 p.m. on the residential mall in front of the Gallagher Student Center and lasts for 18 hours. Members of walking teams take turns walking around a track on the Xavier campus.

“The Relay For Life helps raise money to support American Cancer Society-funded research, education, advocacy and patient support programs,” says junior Mindy Heitker, student chair of this year’s relay. “The goal this year is to raise $35,000.”

A highlight of the event is the cancer survivor’s lap. Cheered on by family, friends and colleagues, cancer survivors take one lap together symbolizing the courage they and their families display and sustain in their lives.

There is also an evening luminaria ceremony on Friday, April 1, at 10:00 p.m. Lighted luminarias, sold by volunteers, are decorated with the names of cancer survivors and those lost to cancer. They are placed around the relay track to light the way for hope.

Food and entertainment are provided throughout the event. This is a non-alcoholic, non-smoking event. Spectators are welcome; you don’t have to be part of a team to participate.

To make a donation please log on to www.acsevents.org/relay/oh/xu. For more information on the relay please contact Jamie Webb at the American Cancer Society at 513 587-2109.