Case Western Reserve University's inaugural Relay For Life resulted in $60,000 being donated to the American Cancer Society. Organizers hope this year's event raises even more money for cancer research.
"Everything seems to have slowed down with the economy, but we know that our need for a cure is still as pressing. The money we raise will put doctors and researchers into labs, and with every day, we get one step closer to eliminating cancer," said Brian Browne, Relay For Life public relations chair.
Relay For Life will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, April 17, and run through noon, Saturday, April 18, at Case Field, located in the heart of the North Residential Village. President Barbara R. Snyder is scheduled to host the opening ceremonies, while Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III is scheduled to close the festivities.
Relay For Life is a signature event for the American Red Cross. The goal is to raise money and awareness to support cancer research. During the event, participants and the campus community will take turns walking the Coach Bill Sudeck Track, celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battle, and fight back against cancer by raising awareness of prevention options and patient services.
According to Browne, this year's event promises to offer even more activities for walkers and people who gather to cheer on the participants. "We have a more established entertainment committee this year. We wanted to make it more appealing for everyone to come," he explained. "There will be a couple of bands performing throughout the night, including a cappella groups." Meanwhile, the Upper Class Community Council will host Eggstravaganza. Similar to an Easter egg hunt, people will have an opportunity to run out and grab as many eggs as they can find; the eggs will contain facts about cancer.
In addition, each team that participates in the relay has an opportunity to set up tents to run their own fundraisers that benefit the overall Relay For Life event. For instance, one team plans on selling sandwiches. "Every dollar is helpful," Browne said.
"Power of Purple Day" is the official kickoff to the countdown leading up to Relay For Life. The campus community is invited to wear purple on Thursday, April 9. The event will take place in Thwing Center atrium. There will food during the Provost Hour, as well as balloons and fliers featuring cancer facts available throughout the day. According to Browne, this will be "an opportunity to share what the American Cancer Society does, why the organization is important, and the major impact they have on society."
Case Western Reserve's Relay For Life is a student-initiated program, and the group aims to be one of the nation's model university Relays. Last year, more than 700 students, faculty, staff, and community members participated. Browne said campus community members still have an opportunity to sign up teams. Learn more.
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