Topics: UNC Relay for Life

Relay for Life is the signature fundraising activity for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through prevention, saving lives and diminishing suffering through research and other activities.

Though the Relay for Life fundraising is a year-long effort, the actual relays are an overnight happening where teams of people take turns walking around a track to raise money. More than 3.5 million people participate nationwide.

At UNC, teams of people line up 6 p.m. on a Spring Friday at the Irwin Belk Track at Fetzer Field. Teams set up campsites in the Eddie Smith Field House and take turns walking or running the track and resting. The event ends 2 p.m. Saturday.

One UNC relay team has been able to raise more than $10,000, and one individual has raised as much as $9,000. UNC has the eighth largest fundraiser of all colleges and universities, raising $136,186.

Relay For Life raises $124K, honors victims

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Illuminated by candlelight, participants in Friday’s Relay For Life walked in silence on the track of Fetzer Field in honor of loved ones who have battled cancer.


Relay For Life kicks off year of cancer fundraising Friday

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Performers will take the outdoor stage at Forest Theater tonight, but they won’t be affiliated with the theater department.


Relay for Life participants raised more than $120,000

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One in 8,000: Those were the odds that Elizabeth Arditti's tumor was malignant.


Weekend Relay for Life 5K raises more than $2,100 for American Cancer Society

A 34-degree morning didn’t stop runners from participating in UNC’s inaugural Relay for Life 5K Saturday.


Relay for Life's 1,585 participants raise $165,571.72

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Fetzer Field was the site of a different kind of battle for about 20 hours this weekend as the UNC community gathered in opposition of a common enemy — cancer.


UNC Relay for Life sets personal goal to raise $210,000

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At 9 p.m., junior Sarah Anderson will light a candle in a white bag with her grandmother’s name on it.


UNC's Relay for Life kicks off

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Organizers of UNC’s Relay for Life said it’s not a one-night race — it’s the celebration of a year-long effort. “It’s a 20-hour event to show that cancer never sleeps,” said Jessie Laney, UNC Relay for Life’s event chairwoman.


UNC’s Relay for Life raises over $200,000 for American Cancer Society

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UNC’s Relay for Life was held this past Friday and Saturday. The 20-hour event at Fetzer Field raised $205,852.27 for the American Cancer Society.


UNC’s 13th annual Relay for Life begins today

More than 2,000 students, faculty and community members will gather at Fetzer Field on Friday at 6 p.m. for the University’s 13th annual Relay for Life event.


Register for Relay for Life and help find a cancer cure

TO THE EDITOR: This year, 9,602 more people will be diagnosed with cancer than last year.


Relay for Life begins short of initial goal

One of UNC's largest student fundraisers hopes to reach a milestone this weekend by topping $1 million in UNC's fight against cancer.


Relay For Life Wins National Award

In only its first year, the UNC Relay for Life won the "Heart of Relay" award this past weekend from the American Cancer Society.


UNC Relay for Life Raises $98,000

Fetzer Field was dark at 9 p.m. Friday night except for the light of more than 800 flickering candles. Lit in memory of cancer victims, they lined the track and spelled out the word "hope" on the bleachers.


Relay for Life Gives To Cancer Research

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.