Xavier’s ninth Relay for Life event, held to raise money for the American Cancer Society, raised $21,000 toward this year's goal of $44,000. The event, which took place at Xavier from 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, until 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, had a board game theme and slogan: “Operation: Find a Cure.”
Every year, the 18-hour event celebrates survivors, remembers those who have lost the battle and pledges to fight back against the disease. This year, 233 participants on 34 teams, including students, faculty, staff and local businesses, ran and walked on a track in front of the Gallagher Student Center on the Greenspace throughout the entire 18 hours to raise awareness and funds for research, service and education. Games, contests, live music and other entertainment took place during the all-night event. At 9:00 p.m. on Friday, a luminaria ceremony also took place where candles were lit in honor of individuals who have been touched with cancer, and the lap was walked in silence.
The fundraising goal for the 2011 relay is the highest in Xavier relay history. Last year the event raised $37,000. 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. Donations are still being accepted. To learn more or donate, please visit www.relayforlife.org/xu. Supporters are also encouraged to follow on Twitter @XURelayforlife or on Facebook under Relay For Life at Xavier University.
Relay for Life began in 1985. Since then, the event has blossomed into the largest fundraising mechanism to fight cancer and support the mission of the American Cancer Society.