UNI hosts annual Relay For Life to raise cancer awareness

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Colleges Against Cancer chapter will host the 14th annual American Cancer Society: Relay For Life, from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 9, in the McLeod Center.

The theme for this year's event is "Carnival of Hope." Relay For Life teams set up campsites in the McLeod Center while taking turns walking around the concourse. Throughout the night there will be food and merchandise for sale and numerous activities and entertainment provided, along with time for participants to reflect on how their lives have been impacted by cancer. Activities and entertainment will include: a silent auction and raffle, a Fear Factor contest, an American Cancer Society mission market, a Buffalo Wild Wings "Blazin' Wing Challenge," and a performance by the Brazillian 2wins.

The opening ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., followed by each team taking their first lap around the concourse. The Celebrate ceremony at 5:30 p.m. will recognize all survivors and caregivers in attendance at the event, while the Luminaria ceremony at 8:00 p.m. will be a time for reflection and to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer. Finally, the Fight Back ceremony at 11 p.m. will demonstrate ways to take action in the fight against cancer.

The event is free and open to the public. To sign up or donate to the event, visit www.relayforlife.org/uni. For additional information, contact Hailey Manternach, president of the UNI Colleges Against Cancer chapter, at manternh@uni.edu

Contact: 

Hailey Manternach, president, UNI Colleges Against Cancer, 563-451-8402, manternh@uni.edu

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu