March 29, 2007
Starting at 6 p.m. tomorrow (March 30), hundreds of students from Tulane and other area universities will walk the track overnight to honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives lost to the disease and raise money to help fight cancer.
Teams from sororities, fraternities, residence halls and other organizations will participate in Relay For Life, a fundraiser sponsored by the American Cancer Society, at the athletics field on the Tulane uptown campus.
"Relay for Life is a national event that takes place at high schools and universities across the country, and for the first time it is being brought to Tulane," says Jenny Marc, who is on the committee that has been planning the event at Tulane since September, serving as both the event chair and ceremonies chair.
Marc is a second-year student from Buffalo Grove, Ill., majoring in communications and studio art. Marc captains a team called "Never Forget" with 13 of her friends from her residence hall and school. The team is named in honor of a family member of one of the teammates. Marc says she was involved with Relay for Life all four years of high school.
Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivorship and raises money to help the American Cancer Society in its mission to save lives, help those who have been touched by cancer and empower individuals to fight back.
During the event, teams of people will take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
During this event, participants will honor survivors by walking the Survivors Lap and remember those lost to cancer by lighting candles at the Luminaria Ceremony, in addition to celebrating life, friendship and a chance to work together toward a cancer-free future.
"Our initial goal when planning the event was to have 25 teams register with up to 15 people per team, and we have greatly surpassed this goal with more than 50 teams signed up," Marc says of the Tulane event.
"With more than 400 people planning to attend, and having raised more than $45,000 so far, we are all extremely excited."
Donations will be accepted until the conclusion of the event at 6 a.m., in the form of cash, check or credit card payment, and also online for one month following the event.
"When making donations, you can do so in honor of someone else, or just make a general donation. All donations are tax deductible, and any amount, either small or large, would be greatly appreciated," Marc says.
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