CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of Advancement April 26, 2011
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
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Relay For Life Events Planned At Concord University
ATHENS - Concord University’s Relay For Life events will take place on Friday, Apr. 29, 2011 from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Carter Center’s auxiliary gymnasium.
Relay For Life is the main fundraising event for the American Cancer Society (ACS.) It “gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease,” according to the ACS.
Relay began in 1985 when a Washington surgeon walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the ACS. The event has been held annually ever since. Concord has participated in Relay since 2002, and every year the number of participants grows.
Jessica Schueler, coordinator of Concord’s Relay, says there has been a lot of interest from students, faculty and staff this year, but with an event like Relay For Life, there is always room for more.
The ACS Relay website lists three traditional events: “Celebrate,” “Remember,” and “Fight Back.”
“Celebrate” – The survivors lap is held at the beginning of Relay. Survivors of cancer are asked to circle the track to show that many people can fight this disease.
“Remember” – Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand during the Luminaria Ceremony. Each bag has the name of a person touched by cancer. This is a time for remembrance and healing.
“Fight Back” – Every participant makes a commitment to fight cancer, whether they get tested or alter their lifestyle. It is their personal plan of action to fight the disease.
In addition to these events, Schueler says Concord’s Relay will feature other activities.
“We’ll have games, food, a DJ and live music featuring Concord alum Todd
Hanchock with his band Gage,” she said.
“I encourage the Concord University community to get involved in Relay because this fundraiser could potentially save lives,” Schueler said. “Cancer is a disease that has affected almost everyone, whether directly or indirectly, and we all can find a way to relate to someone battling this disease. It’s never too late to devote your time to Relay For Life.”
For more information, visit the American Cancer Society’s Relay website, www.relayforlife.org/relay. For more information about Concord’s Relay event, contact Jessica Schueler at 304-384-6305.
Wendy Holdren, a Concord University senior majoring in English with an emphasis in journalism, wrote this article. Her hometown is Justice, W.Va.