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Relay for Life Spreads Hope for a Cure

Eighth annual walk-a-thon raises more than $50,000 for cancer research

Participants in Sacred Heart’s eighth annual Relay for Life in April surpassed their goal for this year, raising $51,845 for cancer research.

Relay For Life is an organized, overnight, fundraising walk-a-thon that aims to create awareness, celebrate survival and raise money for the American Cancer Society. This year’s theme was “Hope Around the World,” and the goal was to raise $50,000.

The 12-hour Relay, which took place at the William H. Pitt Center, comprised many teams consisting of friends, campus club members, alumni, Greek Life organizations and more. A dinner for cancer survivors took place in the early evening, followed directly by the opening ceremony, survivors lap and the caregivers lap. A luminaria ceremony later in the evening honored loved ones and friends claimed by cancer.

Games, activities, exercise and music kept spirits and energy up throughout the event until the closing ceremony at 3 a.m.