Relay For Life begins April 5 at field house

Photo of an "I Am  Hope!" bannerIt’s time to fight back against cancer!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Northern Illinois University has set the 2014 event date from 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, through 6 a.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Chick Evans Field House.

Relay For Life, the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

Teams of friends, families, clubs, organizations, faculty, staff and sport teams come together take turns walking the track to symbolize how cancer never sleeps – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

A Relay for Life team

“Relay” has been active on the NIU campus for a long time and needs your help now more than ever. As the second largest researcher behind the U.S. government, the American Cancer Society and you can help find the cure for cancer in our lifetime.

A Relay for Life banner from 2011There are so many ways to help.

  • Join the planning committee: The committee meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in Room 248 of DuSable Hall. There is something for everyone; anyone interested in giving back is welcome.
  • Start a team: You can start or join a team online and join in the fun by fundraising and attending the incredible event! This year’s goal is $32,000. Be a part of that and partake in the entertainment and games along the way.
  • Donate: Donate to a participant, a team or the event online.

One hundred years ago, only 1 in 10 people were surviving cancer. In 2014, 2 of 3 people are surviving. Join the effort to make that 3 of 3 people.

The NIU event also features a free dinner for survivors and a “Survivor/Caregiver Recognition Lap.”

For more information, contact event chairs Marissa Pratt or Jessica Siewerth at relayforlifeniu@gmail.com or Maggie Kluck of the American Cancer Society at maggie.kluck@cancer.org.

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