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Doane continues Relay For Life tradition April 11

Entering its 18th year, the longest-running collegiate Relay For Life tradition in the country will add to its legacy again this April.

Doane College – confirmed by the American Cancer Society (ACS) last year as the first college in the nation to start ‘Relaying’ – will host its 2014 Relay For Life event in Fuhrer Field House overnight on April 11, beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 6 a.m. April 12, on the Crete campus.

Relay For Life, a community-based fundraising event for the ACS, is the trademark service event at Doane, with nearly half of the student body as well as large cross-sections of faculty and staff participating in some form. The college’s goal this year is to raise $68,000, have 60 relay teams of 600 participants and bring in at least 100 cancer survivors from all of the state. 

Doane College held the first college Relay for Life event in the nation in 1997. Occurring every year since then, the college has raised $580,938.77 during the last 17 years.

Students, faculty, staff and community members come together to fight the disease that has touched the lives of their family and friends. The committee who plans the event works throughout the school year to increase awareness about cancer risks, treatments and research.

More than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place annually in 20 countries in communities and on university and college campuses. Last spring, Doane was second per capita in the nation in fundraising for schools with student populations between one and 2,499.

The college has been ranked first in the ACS High Plains Division since 2007, and was also ranked first in national fundraising in 2011 and 2012, when the college raised $63,500.

This annual event has special ceremonies to honor survivors, remember those who have lost their battle, inform about new American Cancer Society services and build hope that a cure is not far off.