Plans underway for 2003 Relay for Life at UWP

January 22, 2003

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2003_01_22.jpgPLATTEVILLE-Relay for life isn't until April 11-12 but plans are already underway to make this year's event even more successful than the last.

According to the American Cancer Society homepage, Relay For Life is an overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. During the event in Platteville, teams gather at the UW-Platteville Pioneer Activity Center (PAC) in Williams Fieldhouse. The team members take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

"We had such a strong boost last year that it will be hard to excel as much as we did last year, but we still hope for an improvement," said Colleen McCabe, a member of the Health and Physical Education Department, assistant volleyball coach at UWP and the coordinator of Relay for Life.

Relay For Life is a community gathering rather than an athletic event therefore, everyone is welcome to participate. Teams form from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, churches, schools and service organizations.

A planning meeting will be Jan. 21 at Mound City Bank-motor branch. During this meeting it will be decided which core team members will be responsible for the different aspects of the Relay for Life weekend. Responsibilities range from finding volunteers and entertainment to ordering all of the food and beverages needed for the event.

There will also be a campus-wide team recruitment meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 4, in the Mississippi Room of the UWP Pioneer Student Center. Teams are put in charge of raising money for the Relay for Life. Many hold fundraisers to obtain donations to help support those with cancer. Teams solicit donations, have garage sales, hold car washes and more.

"We hope to get at least five new University teams this year," McCabe said. Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that, one day, cancer will be eliminated.

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