The Relay for Life is part of a national fundraising initiative for the American Cancer Society. The noncompetitive event invites members of the Hope College community to form teams and then walk the Dow Center’s track overnight to raise funds for research, education, advocacy and service in the fight against cancer.
The Hope relay has raised a total of nearly $300,000 since it began in 2003 through last year.
The relay will begin with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. that will recognize cancer survivors who are members of the Hope community. The survivors have also been invited to participate in the first lap, followed by a reception for all survivors and their caregivers.
Awareness events focused on different types of cancer have been scheduled across the 12-hour relay. The event will include a 9:30 p.m. ceremony honoring caregivers, a 10 p.m. luminaria ceremony honoring those who have lost their lives to cancer, an 11:30 p.m. ceremony emphasizing fighting back against cancer and a 6:30 a.m. closing ceremony.
The 34 teams that have registered for the relay include a variety of student organizations; as well as groups representing residence halls, academic programs and others who have banded together specifically on behalf of the event.