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ASU to Host Relay for Life at Polytechnic campus


November 11, 2004

Arizona State University will be hosting Relay for Life events at three of its campuses in the Valley next spring. The Polytechnic campus will host an event April 1-2 and is gearing up for the event now.

Teams from across the Valley are welcome to register to participate in Relay for Life at the Polytechnic campus. The first team meeting will be held at noon, Nov. 17, in the Student Union Conference Room. Attendees will be eligible for fun prizes. If you are unable to attend, but are interested in participating in the event, contact Leah Rowe at (602) 295-5153 or leah.rowe@asu.edu. The campus hopes to register 15 teams before its January 25, 2005 kickoff.

For more information about Relay for Life and to help make a difference in the fight against cancer read on.

WHAT IS RELAY FOR LIFE?

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. It is an overnight, team event that raises money, honors survivors, and remembers those who lost their battle with cancer. Relay For Life is a community gathering. Teams of 8-15 people camp out at a local venue and take turns walking/running/ jogging around a track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. There is no finish line until we find a cure.

Relay For Life gives everyone in the community an opportunity to fight back and make a difference in the battle against cancer. By raising funds for Relay For Life, each individual is contributing to the mission of the American Cancer Society; preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from the disease. Money is raised through donations and sponsorship that members of each team secure from individuals, organizations and corporations.

NON-STOP FUN!

Relay For Life is a fun filled event that includes camping out, decorating campsites, entertainment, food, activities and friendship. Imagine a slumber party for an entire community! The Relay is 12 hours in length. The event is overnight to demonstrate that cancer does not sleep. Relay For Life of ASU at the Polytechnic campus will begin at 7 p.m., at Power and Williams Field roads in Mesa.

CANCER SURVIVOR CELEBRATION

At every Relay For Life, cancer survivors are honored for their courage and strength by beginning the event with an honorary lap. The individuals are celebrated in various ways from food and T-shirts to dances and games! A cancer survivor reception will be held at 6:00 p.m.

LUMINARIA CEREMONY

The Luminaria Ceremony is held at 9:00 p.m. to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the battle against cancer. Led by cancer survivors, and lit only by a warm glow of luminarias, special messages from the luminaria bags are read. The track becomes the common ground for all team members and visitors to gather and partake in this heart-warming experience.

HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED?

  • Be a part of the committee!
    Committee members are now being recruited for Team Recruitment; Corporate Sponsorship; Logistics; Registration/Accounting; Survivorship; Public Relations and Luminaria Ceremony.

  • Form your own Relay For Life Polytechnic campus relay team!
    Gather 8-15 of your favorite people who love having fun and making a difference.

  • Volunteer at the event!
    We need volunteers who will help with the needs at the site on the day of the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Stephanie DeBevoise at (480) 720-3007, or e-mail: Stephanie.debevoise@asu.edu
Clinton Everhart at (480) 727-1203, or e-mail: everhart@asu.edu
American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345; www.cancer.org