Saint Louis University

Relay for Life Luminaria
Luminaria, which are used in Relay For Life events to remember those who have died from cancer, are sold by Relay participants to help raise money to fight the disease.

The Saint Louis University Relay For Life was recently awarded the "Thanks A Million" Award by the American Cancer Society. This is a new award, given for the first time this year, honors Relay For Life events in the High Plains Division (Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas and Hawaii) that have raised $1 million cumulatively.

SLU's Relay For Life began in 2004, and over the past eight years has raised more than $1.25 million dollars. The money raised by SLU's Relay for Life goes to the American Cancer Society of Eastern Missouri rather than national offices.

"The neat thing about our Relay for Life program is that it's totally planned and facilitated by students," said Bobby Wassel, assistant director of the Center for Service and Community Engagement. "It just shows when students are empowered, they can do some amazing things."

"We are very proud of our volunteers, participants, and donors at Saint Louis University," said Stephanie Hadfield, development officer for the American Cancer Society. "It's amazing to think that over the years every little bit does add up. To say we have raised 1.25 million to help fight cancer is a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard over the years to make SLU's Relay For Life successful."

Relay For Life is an overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and empowers others to fight back against cancer. Teams gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation.

For more information on this year's event, set for April 21-22 at Robert Hermann Soccer Stadium, or to register a team and donate, visit