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Relay For Life

Relay is the trademark service event of Doane, with nearly half of the student body as well as large cross-sections of the faculty and staff participating in some form. Students, faculty, staff, and community members come together to fight the disease that has touched all of their lives in one way or another. The committee who plans the event works throughout the school year to increase awareness about cancer risks, treatments, and research by having informational booths throughout the year and special events to raise money. Some of the well known events that are put on is an annual spaghetti feed at the local UCC church along with the Doane Choir. Also, around Valentine's Day they have a Date Auction where fourteen students volunteer to be auctioned off to go on a date with the highest bidder and all proceeds go towards Relay. 

Doane University was one of the first college campuses in the nation to have a Relay For Life event. Since then they have been making a name for themselves in more ways than one within the High Plains division and nationally. This past year, Doane was named first in division and also first in the nation Per Capita Fundraising for colleges and universities with populations between 1-3999 students. That makes six years total of being number one in both areas since Relay started at Doane.

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. Together, Doane University and Saline County are helping win the battle with cancer. This year Doane is striving for a fundraising goal of $73,000.  Please help with achieving our goal on the way to a cancer-free future. 

Find out how you can donate or get involved by visiting the Relay for Life website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or e-mailing us at Also share your memories by using #doanerelay on any of the social media platforms below.

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