Campus to pull all nighter for annual cancer fundraiser

by rcnewsblog on April 2, 2013

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The Roanoke College community will come together this Friday, April 5 to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and raise money for the fight against cancer.

The 12th annual Relay for Life at Roanoke will take place from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the College’s back quad.

Each year, relay teams camp out overnight for this American Cancer Society fundraiser and take turns walking or running around Roanoke’s back quad throughout the evening and morning.

So far, Roanoke’s Relay for Life committee team has raised more than $6,000, according to the group’s relay website. The total amount as of April 2 is $13,666.26, which is a combination of the committee’s fundraising and the money raised by 39 teams and 241 individuals.

Roanoke’s fundraising goal is $25,000.

The College’s teams include clubs and student groups, Greek organizations, academic departments, residence halls and sports teams. Many will walk in honor or in memory of specific cancer sufferers.

This year’s relay event will feature two live bands, My Radio and We Shot the Moon. Additional entertainment will include inflatable moon bounces and slides, two movies, a basketball tournament, a theme lap and Mr. Relay.

For the Mr. Relay competition, men wear dresses and collect money by walking throughout Salem, in a span of two hours.

Ahead of the relay event, Salem Pizza & Subs is joining the fundraising effort. On Wednesday April 3, 15 percent of all proceeds at this downtown pizza restaurant will go to Relay for Life.

It’s not too late to get involved. Register to join a team (or create your own) by visiting Roanoke’s relay website.

-By Morgan Conroy ’14

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