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Community members can find the OHIO Relay for Life purple man around campus to recruit new teams and bring Relay awareness.

Photo courtesy of: OHIO's Relay for Life planning committee

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OHIO relayers take the field to celebrate during the 18-hour event at Pruitt Field.

Photo courtesy of: OHIO's Relay for Life planning committee

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OHIO paints the town purple in preparation for Friday's Relay for Life


Ohio University is painting the town purple to raise awareness for its 10th annual Relay for Life event on Friday, May 11. As the signature color for Relay for Life, purple serves to promote the popular fundraising arm of the American Cancer Society among the Ohio University community.

As one of the largest annual fundraising events on campus, OHIO's Relay for Life has raised $541,342 for the American Cancer Society over the past nine years. The student-run relay planning committee expects more than 700 student participants at Friday's event – matching last year's participation.

"We have a core group of about 35 students who have worked all year to put on this event along with their schoolwork, work and organizations … I'm really proud of them," said Hilary Patrick, planning committee income development representative for Relay for Life. "I think it is going to be a great event as always."

As in past years, relayers will gather at Pruitt Field for the event. Pruitt's on-campus location is within walking distance for most participants, and the turf field makes it suitable for any weather conditions.

The University community is encouraged to get involved with Relay by registering or joining a team. Typically, teams consist of 8 to 15 people representing organizations, sport teams, Greek life, faculty and friends. During the 18-hour event, at least one member of each team must be walking the track at all times.

"Not only do we raise money for a great cause, but for a cause that people are really passionate about," said Natalie Meyers, senior psychology major and co-president of Relay for Life planning committee. "We have brought cancer awareness to our campus and try to educate as best we can."

Relay strives to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer through contribution. The event's opening ceremony celebrates survivors, providing gifts and dinner to attending survivors. Luminaires may be purchased for a luminaire ceremony at dusk to remember and honor cancer victims who have passed away. Relayers are also encouraged to continue fundraising for further cancer research and awareness.

Apart from walking, Relay for Life is filled with food, entertainment, ceremonies, games and prizes – all of which benefit the American Cancer Society. University members who are not registered with a team are still encouraged to check out the event.

"Not everyone signs up for a team, but I think that Relay has made everyone more aware," said Meyers. "People are curious, and we have gotten Relay for Life's name out there."

It is never too late to support Relay for Life. Interested students, faculty and community members can donate or register for a team online, or may register day of the event at Pruitt Field.

Students interested in assisting with the 2013 relay planning may contact relayforlifeou@gmail.com.

For more information, visit http://relayforlife.org/ou and its Facebook page or follow @RelayForLifeOU on Twitter.