Running for a chance to win the battle

By Kaitlin Erdman, Writer

Whether directly or indirectly, cancer affects the lives of everyone.

From Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, April 12 at 3 a.m., UA is hosting Relay for Life to celebrate those who have won their battle, remember those who have lost their battle, and fight with those who are currently battling with cancer.

Relay for Life is an eight hour fundraising event for the American Cancer Society with games, challenges, and team fundraising activities that serve to raise cancer awareness. It will be held in the UA field house.

This carnival-style event is orchestrated by the on-campus organization Akron Against Cancer, and money raised will go toward the American Cancer Society.

This year’s event includes a cappella performances from three campus groups, themed laps, a dunk tank, carnival games, group yoga, zumba, and more. A raffle will be held with prizes from the Cleveland Indians, the Akron Rubber Ducks, the Cleveland Browns, as well as many local businesses.

Last year, the fundraising goal for Relay for Life was $44,000; this goal was exceeded, however, and around 1,000 people attended. This year, Relay for Life’s goal has been raised to $45,000.

Anyone can participate in Relay for Life. Student organizations on UA’s campus can even create Relay for Life teams. Those wishing to make or join a team can visit <www.relayforlife.org/uakron>. Donations can be made as well.

Cancer survivors and caretakers are welcome to register online and are invited to a survivor dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Infocision Stadium on the day of the event. The Luminaria Ceremony of remembrance and hope will be held at 10 p.m.

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