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Relay for Life hosts kickoff event

Christopher Hernandez

Issue date: 10/17/08 Section: News
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Last Friday, Relay for Life held a kickoff event in Thwing ballroom. Although the event itself will not occur for another six months, organizers, volunteers, and community members alike were excited to begin organizing for what they anticipate to be another successful relay.

Relay for Life is an annual, 24-hour event taking place on April 17 and 18 on the track at the Village at 115. Each team must have at least one member walking around the track for the entire duration of the event. Meanwhile, several other events will be taking place, ranging from entertainment to various contests and information sessions.

Last year, during the first-ever Relay at Case, over $60,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. This year, organizers expect to have an even larger turnout.

"Everything that we did last year was the best we wanted," said Alex Hamberger, event chair. "This year, we want to multiply that by a hundred."

Organizers intend to accomplish this by reaching out to various groups and organizations in the Cleveland community. Although one high school team participated last year, more teams, as well as groups from churches, are anticipated to take part this year.

One of the goals of the leadership this year is to emphasize that the Relay "is not only for Case students, but for the community sponsored by Case," said Liz Kiracofe. In addition, the Relay for Life team has continued to invite campus groups to join, since they constituted a large proportion of the participants last year.

Enthusiasm to expand Relay for Life beyond last year's success was evident throughout the room. As music played in the background and a screen on the stage displayed pictures of last year's event, hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered over lunch to learn more about the multitude of ways to contribute.

Some of the ways that were suggested included working to acquire donations and refreshments, reaching out to campus and community groups for support, organizing health information programs, and promoting the relay through a variety of public relations media. As Brian Browne, public relations chair, stated, "I had so much fun last year, I wanted to help make this happen."

Anyone interested in volunteering in or learning more about this year's Relay for Life can contact .
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