Freshman Michi Nair walked into a routine physical for soccer tryouts two years ago and walked out with the realization that her life would never be the same.
Nair discovered that she had a rare form of ovarian cancer. After four months of countless hospital visits and exhausting treatment, she stood in front of dozens of people at her first Relay for Life. It was just two weeks after her final chemotherapy treatment. She had made it -- she was a cancer survivor.
Nair has attended the Relay for Life every year since her recovery.
For the first time ever, this year's local relay, which consists of team members taking laps around a track throughout a 24-hour period, will be hosted at the University. Organized by the Campus Y, the Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. today on Fetzer Field.
Relay for Life is a 24-hour nationwide fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society Inc. that honors cancer victims and survivors. In the process, the event raises money for cancer research, education, advocacy and service, said senior Lindsay Anderson, one of the organizers of the relay at UNC.