April 5, 2013
24-hour Relay for Life cancer walk begins at noon Saturday
By Mike Leonard
April 5, 2013
More than 300 walkers are expected to participate in the 10th annual Relay for Life beginning at noon Saturday at the Gladstein Fieldhouse near Assembly Hall on the Indiana University campus.
The event is a 24-hour fundraiser organized by IU Colleges Against Cancer to support the American Cancer Society. More than 36 teams are expected to alternate time on the track.
"We call the opening lap the Survivor Lap because it is just for survivors of cancer," said event publicist Carly Garber. "It shows respect and it's a very powerful way to kick off the event."
Several survivors will share their stories as well.
Entertainment throughout the event will be provided by Ladies First, The Hoosierettes, An Argot, the Parkour club, the Tae Kwando club and two DJs.
A contemporary dance class, a cardio hip-hop class and a Zumba class also will be offered.
"As a cancer survivor, the father of a cancer survivor and the widower of a cancer victim, I know firsthand that cancer affects us all," participant Bruce Hetrick said in a prepared statement.
"The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is a chance for each of us to honor people affected by cancer, and to advance research, treatment and patient care for those who need help down the road. Everyone's Relay gift -- no matter how small -- can help save and improve lives."
Hetrick is a visiting professor in the Indiana University School of Journalism.
Team registration is open until the day of the event.
More information is available at the IU Relay for Life website athttp://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=48409.
Questions also can be directed to Erica Meyers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-376-6781.