Relay For Life celebrates research theme at annual event

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Arianna Wage / Observer

Alpha Phi Omega was one of many groups who helped walk for a cure during last year’s Relay For Life event.

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This year, Relay For Life is celebrating a new theme, which emphasizes the annual events’ focus on programs that help support cancer research. The new theme of research is designed to bring together something that is highly ingrained in Case Western Reserve University daily life.

The idea to make research the theme of Relay For Life this year came from cancer research being conducted on campus. Currently, much of the research done on cancer at CWRU is paid for by the American Cancer Society, which gets money from Relay For Life events held across the company.

Also unique this year will be Relay For Life’s pushing of individuals to become “champions” and recruit those between the ages 30 and 65 to be a part of a nationwide cancer prevention research study. CWRU will act as an enrollment site for the longitudinal study aimed at gathering more information about how to prevent cancer.

Relay For Life will kick off this year’s efforts next Friday, Feb. 15., during Community Hour between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. at its Power of Purple event in Thwing Atrium.

Fitting in with the theme, researchers funded by the American Cancer Society, the organization for which Relay For Life raises money, will be on hand at the event to present information about their projects. Dr. Mary Step, the honorary co-chair this year, and one of the ACS funded researchers, will give the keynote address. Free food will be provided.

Power of Purple festivities will extend into that evening as well. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.,

the annual Faculty vs. Students Basketball Game will take place in Veale. Besides the game, the matchup will also feature free pizza donated by the Provost’s Office, a male cheerleading contest during halftime, and a raffle for a Nook donated by Information Technology Services. Later in the night, the Jolly Scholar is hosting a Relay For Life themed night, in which the proceeds raised will go to Relay For Life.