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Press Release: Relay for Life at DeSales University, Friday, April 21 - Saturday, April 22
Date: 4/18/2006


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Relay for Life at DeSales University, Friday, April 21 - Saturday, April 22

Relay for Life at DeSales University, an 18-hour walk to raise money for cancer, will be held on from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, until noon, on Saturday, April 22. Activities include a luminaria ceremony Friday evening. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, ACS. DeSales students hope to raise $15,000.

"Our goal is to have over 200 walkers and to raise $15,000 to benefit ACS," said Jaime Gerhart, director of social outreach at DeSales. "Currently, we have 16 teams and anyone can make a team for Relay; students, faculty/staff, alumni and community members."

Anyone interested in making a donation to Relay for Life at DeSales can contact Gerhart at 610-282-1100, ext. 1889, or at Jaime.Gerhart@DeSales.edu.

Relay for Life began in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took a 24-hour run around a track in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Klatt ran a total of 83 miles and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The year following, 220 supporters on 19 teams joined Dr. Klatt in the overnight event, forming Relay for Life. Now, more than 4,200 relays are held nationwide every year, including at numerous colleges, such as the University of Illinois and Bloomsburg University.

DeSales students Caitlin Walters, '07, of Jackson, N.J., Janna Fellmeth, '07, of Warrington, Pa., and Katherine Hayes, '07, of Hatboro, Pa., participated in Relay for Life at Temple University last year, and wanted to bring this experience to DeSales. The three students started a Colleges Against Cancer club on campus and have been planning Relay since December.

"During the Relay at Temple, we began to discuss how much fun it would be to put this event together at DeSales," said Walters, chairperson for Relay for Life at DeSales. "I think by one way or another, everyone has been affected by cancer. I saw this as an opportunity to raise money for ACS and more importantly, a chance to show that there is hope that one day a cure will be found."

The event will kickoff with an opening ceremony at 6:00 p.m., Friday afternoon on the mall in front of McShea Student Union. A variety of activities and refreshments will be provided to participants to keep them excited and energized throughout the evening.

Luminaria, a moving, lighting of candles in honor of the survivors and to remember the ones who have lost their battle, will happen around dark. The event will conclude around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, with a closing ceremony, which will include awards for the best campsite, total amount raised and the individual who raised the most.

"In the past few months, Relay took a more personal meaning for me," said Walters, an elementary education major. "My grandfather recently lost his battle to cancer, and Relay for Life helped me to feel like I was actually doing something for him. Relay is my way of doing one last thing for my grandfather. That is why Relay for Life is important to me, because I relay for him."

For more information on Relay for Life at DeSales, or to make a donation, contact Jaime Gerhart, director of social outreach at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1889, or at Jaime.Gerhart@DeSales.edu.


Press Release: Relay for Life at DeSales University, Friday, April 21 - Saturday, April 22 | Posted on: 4/18/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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