Xavier to host annual Relay For Life event

By: Rich Meyer~Staff Writer~

Xavier students have an oppor­tunity to join in the fight against cancer by participating in Relay For Life which kicks off at 3 p.m. on April 4.

“Relay For Life is a team event that celebrates cancer survi­vors and provides funds for the American Cancer Society, helping fund research, cancer education, prevention, advocacy and patient services,” Colleges Against Cancer President Jonathan Burgei said.

Xavier’s Relay For Life begins with a survivors’ lap around the Xavier Yard.

The fundraising event occurs over the span of 18 hours and has been happening at Xavier for the last 12 years.

According to Burgei, the goal for this year at Xavier is to raise $38,000.

“The money we raise during our event goes into funding some incredible research which has cre­ated life-saving drugs and treat­ments,” Burgei said. “By partici­pating in the event, students are helping to fight cancer by funding this research.

“In addition to raising money,

our cancer education committee will (be) giving all participants in­formation on how to live a health­ier life in order to reduce their chance of getting cancer.”

This year, Relay For Life has many entertainment activities planned for the participants.

“One of the larger items is a mini golf course that students can make a small donation to play 9 holes,” Burgei said. “We are also having face painting, a DJ, and, of course, we will be throwing pies at UC students.”

Beyond the entertainment value, Relay For Life also offers a time of reflection to honor those individuals who have been affect­ed by cancer.

“We have our ceremonies again this year where we remember those who have lost their fight to cancer and honor those who are fighting or have won their battle with the disease,” Burgei said.

For more information about the upcoming event at Xavier, visit the organization’s website at http://www.relayforlife.org/xu.