October 08, 2008

Relay For Life to host kickoff rally October 10

Campus community asked to wear purple in support of cancer awareness


Case Western Reserve University's Relay For Life group aims to be one of the nation's model university Relays. Based on the inaugural event held at the university, the chapter is well on its way. It plans to start this year's Relay season by hosting a rally from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, October 10, in Thwing Center's ballroom.

Relay For Life is a way for communities to join together and take up the fight against cancer. During the event, participants and the campus community will take turns walking the track at Case Field, celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battle, and fight back against cancer by raising awareness of prevention options and patient services. A signature event for the American Cancer Society, Case Western Reserve is partnering with the organization to bring Relay For Life to campus for a second time next spring.

"This will give us a chance to get more people involved. It will help us to build spirit and momentum, and we hope to be more successful than we were last year," said Brian Browne, public relations director for the university's 2009 Relay For Life event, about the kickoff rally.

During Friday's kickoff, campus community members will have an opportunity to play a Jeopardy!-type game with facts about cancer, register teams, enjoy free food and sign up to participate on the planning committee. In addition, the American Cancer Society will provide brochures and information to attendees.

In addition to the rally, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear the color purple on Friday to show their support for cancer research and awareness. Team members who participated in the inaugural Relay are invited to wear their T-shirts.

More than 700 students, faculty, staff and community members participated in the university's first annual Relay For Life. During the 18-hour event at Case Field, teams collectively raised more than $60,000 in support of the American Cancer Society.

For more information about the university's 2009 Relay For Life activities, send an e-mail to Relay@case.edu.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, October 8, 2008 09:04 AM | News Topics: Community Outreach, Events, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Staff, Students, news

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