Relay For Life raises hope and funds one lap at a time

Washington University in St. Louis’ 11th annual Relay For Life once again opened with a symbolic Survivors Lap around Bushyhead Track at Francis Field. More than 1,600 people participated in the 12-hour, overnight walk-a-thon April 13 and 14, which raised $220,287 for the American Cancer Society. This year’s event opened with a ceremony to celebrate the three themes of the national event: celebrate, remember and fight back. Ceremonies throughout the night included student speakers, including those who are cancer survivors or otherwise have been affected by the disease. The opening ceremony featured comments from Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, who spoke about cancer research being done at the university’s Siteman Cancer Center, some of which is funded by the efforts of Relay For Life. (Credit: Whitney Curtis)