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Relay For Life - Alumni Participation

April 15, 2016



6PM-6AM - Fuhrer Fieldhouse


How Alumni Can Help!


I remember my very first Relay For Life event. That feeling of being a part of something bigger than myself, designed to make a difference. The fundraising challenges that led up to the big night. The resounding and exhilarating buzz that greeted me at the finish line. The heartbreaking and poignant Luminaria Ceremony, as we honored those who’ve lost their lives to cancer and those who are living with it, determined to beat it. The emotional survivor’s lap that kicked off the relay. I will never forget that time. Most people can’t. They don’t want to. 

And here we are today, about to mark our 20th Relay For Life at Doane University. It’s a significant milestone that makes us all incredibly proud. Our goal this year is to raise more than $73,000 to benefit cancer patients and promote research. It seems lofty, I know, but I believe we are up for the challenge. Our students, faculty, staff and community have already rolled up their sleeves and started to work toward reaching that goal. All we need to get there is your help. 

I can’t stress enough that every donation, no matter how seemingly small, is a huge help. It’s a gift that gets us closer to our goal of not just raising funds, but of eventually wiping out this devastating disease. 

Think about your first Relay For Life, and how it stayed with you. Think about the camaraderie shared by everyone involved as we pledged our time and effort to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. Think about how it filled you with purpose, knowing that you were providing people with hope. Now think about helping again. 

Join us in providing a step toward a cancer-free future. Make a donation to the Doane Alumni Relay For Life Fund by going to, select Other in the drop down box and type Relay For Life. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at

Together, we will rid the world of cancer.


Abby Kovanda Vollmer ’06

Director of the Hansen Leadership Program and former Relay For Life leader.

PS: 100% of your donation will go to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. If you would like to keep up with everything we’re doing, like our Doane University Relay For Life facebook page and follow us on twitter @DoaneRelay.







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