August 29, 2013
Justin Vilbig

SLU Relay for Life Named One of Nation's Top Events

The 2013 cancer awareness and fundraising event came in fourth in the nation for the amount of money raised per capita.

Relay for Life
SLU has been recognized for both the size and the success of its Relay for Life events multiple times in the events nine year history at SLU. File photo

Saint Louis University's 2013 Relay for Life has been named one of the top Relay events by the American Cancer Society after coming in fourth in the nation for the amount of money raised per capita. This marks the sixth year that the event has placed in the nation's top five events.

"This is a great honor and helps show all the hard work and hundreds of hours that the Relay For Life committee dedicated to the event," said Justin Vilbig, program assistant for the Center for Service and Community Engagement. "Big thanks go out to the whole committee for doing such a great job."

The 12-hour event raised $132,311 for the American Cancer Society to support cancer treatment, research and recovery programs across the country and worldwide. Since its start in 2004, the SLU Relay for Life has raised more than $1.25 million.

SLU's Relay for Life event has been honored before. In 2012, was recently awarded the "Thanks A Million" Award by the American Cancer Society. The award honors Relay For Life events in the High Plains Division that have raised $1 million cumulatively.

The 2014 Relay for Life will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13. Members of the SLU community are invited to form a team and take part in the event. For more information on how to form a team and get involved, email

About Relay for Life

Relay for Life is an overnight event where teams of participants camp out at a track and take turns walking or jogging laps for the duration of the event. Teams may also host games or sell food and souvenirs during the event to raise money to fight cancer.

Relay for Life began in 1985 when Gordy Klatt, M.D., a Washington surgeon circled the track at Baker Stadium for 24 hours. Klatt ran more than 83 miles and raised $27,000 to fight cancer.

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