ACS to paint NKU purple to launch Relay for Life

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Monday – March 18, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s Relay for Life Committee will kick off the run-up to next fall’s Relay for Life with a Paint the Campus Purple on March 25-29 on the NKU campus.

The week will feature a number of activities designed to raise funds for cancer research and raise awareness about NKU’s Oct. 18 Relay for Life. Tables will be set up on the NKU plaza (Student Union in case of inclement weather) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Register for the Relay for Life, learn more about the American Cancer Society and buy a $1 purple duck that will be placed into Loch Norse. Registration will feature a different DJ each day.

Teams that want to participate in Relay for Life, which will take place Oct. 18, 2013, are also encouraged to sign up their Relay team during Paint the Campus Purple. The sign-up fee is $100 per team, as well as a $10 commitment fee per participant.

Paint the Campus Purple is designed to get people to notice the effects of cancer and to recruit students to participate in and become more aware of Relay for Life. The week-long event will also feature purple decorations on university trees and statues, purple food in the dining halls and special signage in residence hall atriums. Gifts will be presented to Cancer survivors all week long.

“Relay for Life is as much an awareness raiser as it is a fundraiser,” said Jodi Dunavan, American Cancer Society representative and 2012 NKU graduate. “We all have been touched by cancer in some way, either personally or with a family member or friend.”

NKU’s Relay for Life will take place on the Griffin Hall lawn Oct. 18. Individuals and teams register for the event and set up camp with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times.

Teams raise money before the event and during the event at their personal campouts. Relay For Life is a community-owned, volunteer-driven fight against cancer and the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement.

Since its beginning in 1985, Relay For Life has developed from one man running around a track for 24 hours to a full-fledged international event taking place in more than 5,000 communities and 20 countries across the globe with nearly 4 million walkers in the United States alone. All of the funds raised from Relay For Life support cancer research. Funds also support services such as transportation assistance for cancer patients, cancer support groups and the 1-800-227-2345 telephone number that has trained cancer counselors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NKU’s Relay for Life Committee is also seeking out cancer survivors to be honored at the October Relay for Life event. If you are interested in participating in the Relay for Life, or are a survivor who is interested in being involved in the event, contact Jodi Dunavan at
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