Xavier Students Participate in Relay For Life to Fight Cancer

April 13, 2012

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life takes place at Xavier University beginning Friday, April 20th at 3:00 p.m. and continuing through Saturday, April 21st at 9:00 a.m. This is Xavier’s 10th Relay For Life and the theme is Superheroes under the slogan “Finding Cancer’s Kryptonite.” The 18-hour event celebrates survivors, remembers those who have lost the battle 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-hour event raising awareness and funds for research, service and education. It’s an event filled with games, contests, live music and more that goes all night! At all Relays, a Luminaria Ceremony is held where a candle is lit in honor of individuals who have been touched with cancer and the lap is often walked in silence. This event will take place at 9:00 p.m. on Friday. 

The most ever raised by a Xavier Relay For Life is $35,188 and the team this year would love to top that. Last year’s Relay raised $27,500 to help the fight against cancer. 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 to eat free all night. If they raise $25, participants will receive the wristband for food all night. If you cannot stay the entire 18 hours, you are still welcome to stop by at any point and enjoy the many activities planned. Donations will be accepted and are greatly appreciated. To donate, sign up or learn more about this charitable event, please visit www.relayforlife.org/xu. You are also encouraged to follow on Twitter @XURelayforlife or like the page 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 students, faculty and friends support the mission of the American Cancer Society by holding a Relay For Life on campus. The American Cancer Society’s goal is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem so that more birthdays are celebrated. Relay For Life raises the funds and awareness to help accomplish this goal.