March 30, 2011

Relay for Life Fundraising, Preparation in Full Swing

CWRU Relay for LifeIt’s that time of year again, when hundreds of people can be found walking at all hours of the day—and not just because the weather is finally warming up. Relay for Life will take place April 15-16 at Coach Bill Sudeck Track in North Residential Village, and already 55 teams composed of 663 members are ready to lace up their tennis shoes for the 18-hour overnight walk.

“For me, Relay is important to both Case [Western Reserve University] and the Cleveland community because it is one of those rare causes that everyone can relate to,” explained Audra Hormanski, undergraduate student chair of Relay for Life. “With Relay, we can directly fight a war that claims thousands of lives per year, and it's a battle I'm glad to be a part of with my community.”

This year, there will be plenty of entertaining and creative aspects to the event, from the live music by many of Case Western Reserve’s own students and faculty members to the Purple Couch, where people can sit and talk about what Relay for Life means to them. Additionally, the opening lap will be a Survivor’s Lap to honor cancer survivors and caregivers. As the evening goes on, participants can join in on themed laps, including carnival, pajama, limbo, zombie and many more. (For a full schedule of events, go online.)

But before that, there are plenty of activities happening around campus to raise awareness—and donations—for the event. So far, nearly $31,000 has been raised toward this year’s goal of $70,000.

First, this Friday will be Power of Purple Day, on which everyone is encouraged to wear purple and white and join the festivities in Thwing Center Atrium from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Additionally, Distinguished Professor Richard Hanson will speak about his 20-year journey with chronic lymphocytic leukemia at 1 p.m. Before or after the action at Thwing Center, stop by Case Quad to purchase raffle tickets for items in the Celebrity Bake Sale, hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government and Student Leadership Journey Council.

From now until April 5, employees are encouraged to donate $5 to take part in “Dress Down Day” on April 6. For more information, click here. Check the website to learn more about the various fundraisers popping up almost daily, including tomorrow night’s fundraiser at B Side Liquor Lounge from 8:30 p.m. to close.

Individuals and teams are still welcome to sign up for Relay for Life; if you can’t participate, volunteers are needed.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, March 30, 2011 08:59 AM | News Topics: Events

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