University News
For Immediate Release: 
Apr 14 2003

Concord College Hosts Second Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Friday, May 2

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is the biggest event the organization holds to raise money for research to battle cancer. Students at Concord College are organizing the second annual Relay for Life on a college campus in the state of West Virginia. The students are coordinating teams consisting mainly of Concord College students, staff and faculty to support this worthy cause.

Kristie Deans, Roanoke, Virginia, and Sarah Deerfield, Huntington, W.Va., are the co-chairs for the 2003 event.

“This year’s Relay is being organized by Kristie Deans and myself with the sponsorship of Dr. Edwards from the Human Performance Department,” stated Sarah Deerfield. “I got involved as a Bonner Scholar but this is not a Bonner Scholar event. Kristie and I are acting independently of any organizations and solely because we want to help find a cure for cancer. Both of us have felt the devastation that cancer can cause as we have both lost family members to this unforgiving disease. It is a cause we are passionate about because we know ‘There is no finish line until we find a cure.’ As of right now, we hope to celebrate our event with thirty teams, consisting of students, faculty, staff, and survivors.”

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, 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 2.

Date/Time: Friday, May 2, 6:00 p.m., through Saturday, May 3, 6:00 a.m.

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

For more information contact Sarah Deerfield, 1-304-384-7674 or Dr. Angie Edwards, faculty sponsor, 1-304-384-5270 or relay4life@concord.edu.

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PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.