Relay for Life honors McLeod

Gingerbread Brookings Washington University in St. Louis’ 10th annual Relay for Life opens with a survivors’ lap around Bushyhead Track. Nearly 1,700 people participated in the 12-hour, overnight walk-a-thon April 14 and 15, which raised $246,959.75 for the American Cancer Society. This year’s event was dedicated to the late James E. McLeod, vice chancellor for students and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, who died Sept. 6, 2011, after a two-year battle with the disease. During a special ceremony, luminary candles — each bearing the name of an individual who has battled cancer — illuminated the track as McLeod’s daughter, Sara, read the speech given by her father at last year’s opening ceremony. Below: Jill Greenfield (left), relay co-chair and a senior in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, presents McLeod’s wife, Clara, with a memorial photo and flowers during the opening ceremony. (Credit: Kevin Lowder (2) )Gingerbread Brookings