Relay For Life to raise money for cancer research

The annual WUSTL Relay For Life will be held at Bushyhead Track March 1-2.

Luminaries around the track honor those affected by cancer.

The relay is a 12-hour family- friendly event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the event attracted 2,038 volunteers who helped to generate more than $311,000 for cancer research, advocacy, patient services and education — the highest amount of money per student among universities with enrollment of 10,000-15,999, according to the American Cancer Society.

Teams of 8-15 people raise money beforehand, and through the course of the night have at least one team member walking, jogging or running around the track. In addition, teams decorate campsites, participate in games and activities, including “Relay Idol” and the “Kiddie Karnival,” and enjoy entertainment from student performance groups and outside artists.

Throughout the night, individuals who have been touched by cancer — patients, survivors and caregivers — will be remembered and honored.

Relay For Life is one of the premier fundraising events for the American Cancer Society. Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. March 1 at Francis Field.

For more information on the event, to volunteer or to donate money to the American Cancer Society, visit or e-mail