January 26, 2009
In 2007, Colleges Against Cancer held the first Relay for Life event at Colorado State University, and the tradition continues this year as the Relay event has been set for April 24-25, 2009.
Register your team by visiting www.csurelayforlife.org
This year marks the 25th year celebration of the American Cancer Society's “Relay For Life” Event.
The 2009 event April 24-25, will be held for 12-hours starting at 8 p.m. on Friday and ending at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the CSU Student Recreation Center.
This nationally-recognized event began back in 1985 in Tacoma Washington, when a surgeon by the name of Dr. Gordy Klatt, decided to raise money for his local American Cancer Society. He wanted to do something he enjoyed, which was running marathons and incorporated it into his local fundraiser.
In May of 1985, he spent 24-hours circling the University of Puget Sound’s Baker Stadium track raising over $27,000 in donations for his efforts. Today’s Relay has evolved to consist of local “teams” running, walking, and having a team member on the track at all times, in celebration of their fundraising efforts and to signify that cancer never sleeps!
“We have been a small yet powerful Relay event over the past couple years, but this year we hope to break the bank and get more people from CSU involved with this fight against cancer,” states, Kyle Carter, president of Colleges Against Cancer.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature fundraising event. It is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team of 10-15 members while camping out at the Relay site. While they are not taking their turn walking or running, they can take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. The event helps celebrate those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.
There are many great ways for individuals and teams to get involved with the Relay For Life event this year. “In the past we have only had student teams register for this event, but we want everyone to know that this open to the entire campus community and we hope to see some faculty and staff teams formed this year,” said Jeff Rosenberry, event chair, 2009 Relay For Life.
In past years teams have braved cold and unpredictable weather to fight back against cancer, but this year the planning team is taking no chances with the weather and will be moving the event to the CSU Student Recreation Center. This move will allow teams to enjoy the event and not have to worry about the weather, while participating in activities and entertainment like performances and music, movies, food, and a variety of games.
Students, staff, and faculty can visit www.csurelayforlife.org to register their team. Teams are encouraged to raise funds and seek donations up until the event. The American Cancer Society asks teams to raise at least $100, but CSU Relay For Life would like to challenge to teams to reach at least the $300 mark this year. There will be prizes and recognition of teams and individuals who raise the most money for the event.
“Cancer has impacted each of us in some way, shape, or form and I hope that the campus community thinks about how they can get involved to make a difference in the fight against cancer this year. It doesn’t take much and the impact is more then we can imagine,” added Rosenberry.
If you would like to know more about the Colorado State University Relay for Life event, please contact Event Chair Jeff Rosenberry by e-mail at Jeffrey.Rosenberry@colostate.edu or visit the CSU Relay For Life Web page to sign up your team today at www.csurelayforlife.org.
Contact: Jeff Rosenberry
Phone: (970) 491-0487