Concord College Hosts First American Cancer Society Relay for Life

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 25 2002

Concord College Hosts First American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Athens, W.Va. - The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is the biggest event the organization holds to raise money for research to battle cancer. Concord College’s "HPEAT" Club (Health, Physical Education and Athletic Trainers Club) is hosting the first Relay for Life on a college campus in the state of West Virginia. HPEAT is coordinating 23 teams consisting mainly of Concord College students, staff and faculty to support this worthy cause.

"We chose to support this activity to ‘give back’ to the community. Many in HPEAT lost family members due to cancer. We also lost a staff member of the College to cancer and we felt this cause was a good one to support," stated Keith Bowling, member of HPEAT, and chair of the Relay for Life.

The Relay for Life is a 12-hour event that requires a member of each team to remain on the College’s track for the duration of the event. Team members solicit donations to support their effort. In addition, HPEAT and each team will host additional events to continue to raise funds for the Relay, and keep the spirit of the participants up throughout the night.

The media is invited to stop by at any time during the Relay.

Festivities will be kicked off at 6:00 p.m., with a release of balloons, a "survivor’s lap," and the launch of the relay. College officials will be present. Local dignitaries, as well as survivors of cancer, have been invited to the kick-off. A special luminary service will be held at 9:00 p.m., Friday, May 3.

Date/Time: Friday, May 3, 6:00 p.m., through Saturday, May 4, 6:00 a.m.

Location: Callaghan Stadium (football field), plenty of free parking is available

For more information call Keith Bowling or Dr. Angie Edwards at 1-304-384-5270,