In only its first year, the UNC Relay for Life won the "Heart of Relay" award this past weekend from the American Cancer Society.
The award recognizes the effort of more than 1,200 students, faculty, community members and cancer survivors to raise $98,000 for cancer research in the fund-raiser, which took place last April and is scheduled to be a yearly event.
"It means a lot to our committee to win the award in our first year while there were relays from other college campuses that were more established," said event chairwoman Lindsay Anderson.
The ACS-sponsored relay involved 87 teams walking laps around Fetzer Field for 24 hours to commemorate and celebrate the lives of cancer patients and survivors.
At a regional banquet Sept. 27, the ACS presented UNC Relay for Life with the award and inducted it into the "$100,00 Club" for netting $101,091 in overall fund raising. The additional money was raised over the summer.