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Relay for Life needs big final push to make goal

by Thom Myers

April 13, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of students at Relay for Life of WMU.
Relay for Life of WMU
Begins 10 a.m. Friday
KALAMAZOO--With two days remaining before the event, 56 teams in the 10th annual Relay for Life of Western Michigan University have raised more than $23,700 toward their $55,000 goal to support the American Cancer Society.

This year's Relay for Life of WMU begins at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, and continues through 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Kanley Track on the WMU main campus. In the event of inclement weather, the relay will move inside the nearby Student Recreation Center.

More than 500 volunteers, mostly WMU students, have joined one of the teams in the relay, a 24-hour walk-a-thon with a carnival atmosphere, including music, food, games, prizes and giveaways.

Relay participants are well positioned to reach their goal, but will need a big final push through Saturday to make it. Typically about one-half of the money raised each year is pledged or given during the two days of the event.

Top fund-raising teams to date are Colleges Against Cancer, $4,778 raised; St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish, $3,140; and the WMU School of Communication, $2,036. Most of the teams represent residence halls, Greek societies and other student organizations, but welcome volunteers who are not members of their groups.

To make a contribution, register a team or join an existing team, visit Relay for Life of Western Michigan University at

Contributions to the American Cancer Society can be made online through Relay for Life of WMU, or checks payable to American Cancer Society may be mailed to Relay for Life of WMU, American Cancer Society, 1400 W. Milham Rd., Portage MI 49024.