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UW-Eau Claire Relay For Life
To be Held Feb. 27-28

 MAILED:  Feb. 20, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The second annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Relay For Life will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and will run until 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the McPhee Center.

Relay For Life is a community event where people of all ages and from all walks of life join in teams to celebrate life and raise funds to fight cancer. Teams of 10-15 people walk, jog or run in relay style around the track throughout the night.

“The unique part of the Relay For Life is that it is an overnight event to represent that cancer never sleeps,” said Dave Becker, Income Development Manager for the American Cancer Society and coordinator of the UW-Eau Claire Relay For Life.

“This is a great opportunity for college students, along with faculty, staff and community members, to join together in the fight against cancer and have fun while doing it,” said Stacy Brager, chairperson for the Relay. “This year there are many fun and exciting activities planned and food will be provided.”

Local musical groups and bands will be performing at the Relay throughout the night. Talents include WoCo, Ladder El, Gospel Choir, After Static, Girls Night Out, Jon Sunde, Me and Neil and Luke Crary.

This year’s events will include something new: a Relay For Life Olympics. Teams will compete in eight challenges to win points. The team that ends with the most points will be awarded a special prize. Challenges include Suck-N-Blow, Hula-Hoop Relay, Simon Says, Tennis Ball Pass, College Trivia, Balloon Waddle, Jelly Bean Relay and Twister.

“I’m excited about the addition of the Relay Olympics,” said Kaysie Olson, member of the Student Senate Relay For Life team. “We are ready to have lots of fun and help support a wonderful cause!”

This event is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members and all are invited to attend. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Relay For Life originated in May of 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon and avid runner, walked/ran around a track in Tacoma, Wash., for 24 hours. He clocked 83 miles raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. The following year, 220 supporters on 19 teams joined Dr. Klatt in this overnight event and the American Cancer Society Relay For Life was born.

For more information about Relay For Life or to participate in the event, contact Becker at dave.becker@cancer.org or (877) 423-9122, or Brager at bragersl@uwec.edu.

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Updated: February 20, 2004