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.

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	Teams set up camp inside the Eddie Smith Field House during last year’s Relay for Life.

UNC's Relay for Life kicks off

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 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.