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UW Relay for Life Saturday, April 14


April 11, 2012 — Walkers will go around the clock Saturday, April 14, in the battle against cancer during the fourth University of Wyoming Relay For Life that benefits the American Cancer Society.

Teams composed of UW students and staff begin the walk at 6 p.m. at War Memorial Fieldhouse. Throughout the night, entertainment and games will be provided, including Zumba, a Mr. Relay contest, trivia and other activities. Registrations are still being accepted. To register, visit the relay's page at www.uwyorelay.org.

Relay For Life's luminaria ceremony will be at 9 p.m., honoring UW's cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria, each of which bears the name of someone who has battled cancer.

Luminaria may be purchased for $5 at the relay table in the Wyoming Union through Thursday; at Saturday's relay; or by logging onto www.uwyorelay.org.

UW's Relay For Life event also is the "Fight Back" ceremony where a student leader will challenge others to make a personal pledge, such as stop smoking, eat healthier or exercise regularly, to "fight back."

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.

Teams do most of their fundraising before the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during the event.

"Relay is a unique opportunity for our campus to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we have lost, and fight back against the disease," says Bree Mulvaney, UW Relay For Life chair. "Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that even college students, professors or staff are not immune to this disease. By participating in this event, we are joining with the American Cancer Society's efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays."

Funds raised at UW's event  enable the American Cancer Society to improve the lives of community members touched by cancer. From dollars raised at Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society is able to help with such programs as the Cancer Resource Center at Ivinson Memorial Hospital; provide wigs to women who have lost their hair; offer educational resources to patients and their families; and provide a scholarship program for childhood cancer survivors.

Funds also are granted to researchers throughout the country. Last year more than $11 million was given to research in the Rocky Mountain region.

To learn more about the University of Wyoming Relay For Life, log onto www.uwyorelay.org or "like" the "uwyorelay" page on Facebook.

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