Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Feb 27 2002

Concord Teams with American Cancer Society to Fight Cancer

Athens, W.Va. - "It’s about being a community that takes up the fight." The motto of the American Cancer Society will be put into action as Concord College will join the fight against cancer as the first college in West Virginia to host a Relay for Life. Athens and other communities will also be involved.

Dr. Gordon Klatt, who wanted to memorialize his wife who died of cancer, started the Relay for Life 16 years ago. That year he raised more than $27,000 for research. Now there are more than 2,700 walks in the United States and 57 events in other countries. This year’s event at Concord will be held on Friday, May 3, starting at 6:00 p.m. and continuing through Saturday, May 4 until 6:00 a.m.

The decision to host the event at Concord was made by a group of employees who wanted to do something in memory of several Concord employees who succumbed to cancer as well as support those who are currently battling the disease. Students and faculty associated with physical education and health were instrumental in orchestrating the fundraiser. The goal for this year’s Relay for Life will be $30,000, which would be used for cancer research. Teams consist of 10-15 members and anyone interested in having a team can be involved.

"Walking and being a team member isn’t the only way people can help," stated Nancy Ellison, Director of the Multicultural Affairs. Race organizers will have items to sell the day of the event such as luminaries.

For more information on participating in Concord College’s Relay for Life contact Angie Edwards in the division of physical education at 1-304-384-5347.

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Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.

Jessica Taylor wrote this press release. Her hometown is Beckley, W.Va. She is majoring in English/writing with a minor in journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2003.

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