Photo Opportunity: Relay for Life returns to Washington University’s Francis Field April 5-6

Students and survivors come together to raise $200,000 for the American Cancer Society

Washington University in St. Louis students will walk the track at historic Francis Field for 12 hours at Relay for Life, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Organizers expect to raise $200,000 for cancer research and programs that serve survivors and caregivers.

Some 4 million people in 5,200 communities participate annually in Relay for Life events in 20 countries.

Washington University’s all-night event will feature student performances, food, dancing and games as well as “mission moments” to educate participants about various forms of cancer.

Highlights include:

Survivors Lap (6 p.m.): Immediately following the Relay for Life Opening Ceremonies at 6 p.m., cancer survivors will walk the first lap around Francis Field.

Luminaria Ceremony (10 p.m.): Some 450 decorated luminaria will be placed around the Francis Field track. Each lantern serves as a glowing tribute to an individual who has been been affected by cancer.

Disney Lap (6:50 p.m.): Students will walk the track dressed as their favorite Disney character.

Relay games (8:15 to 9:30 p.m.): Participants will compete in various games, including a spoon and egg race, three-legged race, wheelbarrow race and tug-of-war.

What: Relay for Life
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, to 6 a.m. Sunday, April 6
Where: Francis Field, Washington University in St. Louis
On-site contacts: Student volunteer Rachel Westrate at 435-655-5402 and Tim Dugan, WUSTL coordinator of student involvement, at 978-886-2455.
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