Mount Union College to Host Alliance Area Relay for Life

May 26, 2010

Mount Union College will be the host site for this year's Alliance Area Relay for Life. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and run until 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1.

When Mount Union College seniors Leah Beegan, an exercise science major from Cambridge and Sara Stevens, a sport management and business administration major from Gibsonia, PA wanted to get involved with Relay for Life, they approached the Alliance community committee and the College administration about moving the Alliance Area Relay for Life to Mount Union's campus and changing it to a time when more students could get involved.

Beegen and Stevens wanted to get the students of Mount Union involved with Relay for Life. 'We felt that the students could bring a lot of energy to the event,' said Beegan. They were right; Mount Union has more than 20 teams signed up for the event.

'We were really pleased with the response from the students of Mount Union,' added Stevens. 'It's obvious that they feel strongly about this worthwhile cause and want to step up and help out.'

Relay for Life is an overnight community event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This is a team event that takes place all across America. The teams include families, friends, organizations, companies and other community groups who form teams of eight to 15 people. Each member of the team then takes turns walking to raise money for cancer research.

Relay for Life began in Tacoma, Washington in the mid 1980s. Dr. Gordy Klatt, a surgeon in Tacoma, wanted to raise money for his local American Cancer Society. He started running marathons to raise money. In 1985 he ran for 24 hours and earned $27,000 for the fight against cancer. Dr. Klatt has been involved in Relay for Life ever since.

For more information contact Sara Stevens at or Leah Beegan at

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