Relay For Life to raise money for cancer research

The annual WUSTL Relay For Life will be held at Bushyhead Track Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22.

The relay is a 12-hour family-friendly event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the event attracted more than 2,000 volunteers who helped to generate more than $195,000 for cancer research, advocacy, patient services and education — making WUSTL’s the third-ranked event in the nation for school’s with 10,000-16,000 students.

“Relay For Life is a spectacular event that brings together the Washington University and St. Louis communities to celebrate cancer survivors and remember loved ones,” said senior Emily Gordon, part of the public relations team for this year’s event.

“Relay is jam-packed with fun activities, entertainment and touching moments that help us to remember the reason we gather together overnight,” Gordon said. “I’m looking forward to participating in my seventh Relay For Life and helping the American Cancer Society in its efforts to provide services for cancer patients, fund research for a cure and promote healthy living.”

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 fund-raising events for the American Cancer Society.

Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. March 21 at Francis Field.

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