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Mount Union Hosts Relay For Life

April 16, 2007

Mount Union College raised over fifty-eight thousand dollars for cancer research through the Mount Union College/Alliance Area Relay For Life event.

The event was hosted by the College in the Peterson Fieldhouse starting Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. and continued until noon on Saturday.

The event lasted all night with Relay committee members hosting fun activities each hour. A corn-hole tournament, the Miss Relay pageant, a fashion show and a video game competition were just some of the activities. Students and other participants played football and other games to pass the time.

Students and faculty joined teams for multiple reasons, and there were even some first time participants.

'Last year, for some reason, I didn't have an interest in Relay,' said Jeremy Miller, a junior media studies major. 'This year I really wanted to try it because it is such a good cause that needs a lot of support.'

Senior exercise science major Nikki Seifert had a more specific, personal reason to walk this year, 'My aunt died in the fall of cancer. The silent walk was really emotional for me and it was touching to see everyone in the field house come together like they did.'

The luminary ceremony and silent walk began around 9 p.m. The Alliance High School Orchestra was featured and survivors told their stories of strength and courage to the many supporters present.

'Be aware and be smart'you have to live smart and live healthily,' said Carl Orwick, cancer survivor. He told the story of his fight against prostate cancer and gave advice on living smart.

The luminary ceremony ended with a silent lap around the track to honor and remember those who have had to fight a battle with cancer. All who were able joined in the walk while the names of those who were being honored were being flashed on the big screens in the front of the fieldhouse.

Sarah Brookes, senior media studies major, was the publicity chair for Relay For Life. She said, 'As chair, most of the job is delegation; I had one person writing articles for The Dynamo and WRMU-FM helped with publicity and set up a live remote from the event reporting twice an hour every hour.

Team captains were instrumental in organizing the event. 'I had to make sure everyone was registered, I collected all of the money that was raised and I attended team captain meetings and distributed my team's t-shirts,' said Christina Cunningham, a junior business administration major and captain of the Alpha Chi Omega team.

Awards were presented on Saturday during the closing ceremonies. The team who best incorporated their theme into all they did was the Education Elite team. The team who won the best banner was the 205 Cancer Fighting Irish. The best campsite award went to Robertson Heating Supply Company. The best education message presented went to DOW.

The teams and individuals who raised the most money were also announced at the closing ceremonies. Students for Environmental Awareness raised the most money online. The individual raising the most money for cancer research was Tina Johnson. The Alliance community team raising the most money was the Marlington High School Character Counts team. And the Mount Union team who raised the most money was the Originals.

Three teams received the silver award including Alliance Middle School, Robertson Heating Supply and Walgreens. Winning the gold award was the Marlington High School Character Counts team and winning Mount Union's first platinum award was the Originals.

The Mount Union College Relay committee will continue to raise money for this year's Relay For Life event until August 31, 2007.

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