| The 2011 Relay for Life event raised more than $165,000 to fight cancer.
Photo by Chad Johnson.
The 2011 Saint Louis University Relay for Life event was recently recognized as the third largest collegiate relay in the nation per capita by the American Cancer Society. This marks the sixth consecutive year that SLU's event has placed in the top five.
More than 1,800 people raised more than $165,000 for the American Cancer Society during April's event. Relay for Life marks an opportunity to raises funds and awareness for cancer research and patients.
"It's indicative of SLU being recognized nationally for its service effort," Bobby Wassel, assistant director of the Office of Service and Community Engagement, said about the honor. "I think it's just additional proof that Billikens love to give back."
Preparations for next year's event are already underway and the Office is hoping to raise even more money to fight cancer. The 2012 Relay for Life will be held April 21-22 at Robert Hermann Soccer Stadium. For more information and to register a team, visit www.slurelay.org.
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.
Traditional events at the Relay include the Survivors' Lap, where cancer survivors are invited to circle the track in celebration of their victory, and the Luminaria Ceremony, where candle are lit and participants walk in silence of those killed by the disease.
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.
While running the track, Klatt thought about how others could participate and help raise money. Over the next few months, he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event, known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
In 1986, 19 teams took part in the first team Relay event at Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000.