March 04, 2010

Attend the April 16-17 on-campus relay, cheer on walkers

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Students at Hamline University are organizing a Relay for Life, to take place on the university’s athletic track on April 16-17, and a number of students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater Hamline-Midway community are signed up to participate. Those not participating are welcome to attend and cheer on the walkers.

Relay for Life is an annual event that brings communities together to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. The event is a 12-hour long walk with team members taking turns doing laps around the track. At least one member from each team needs to be walking at all times. Relay is also a celebration to honor and remember those who have battled cancer. 

The Relay takes place at Klas Field on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus. It begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 16 and runs through 6 a.m. on Saturday April 17. The Klas Center’s Kay Fredericks Ballroom will serve as a warm-up and refreshment room for participants. Anyone can participate by joining an existing group or creating their own. The registration fee is $10. To sign up, visit: www.relayforlife.org/hamline

“I have been a team captain at a Relay in my hometown for several years,” said Brittany Dobmeir, co-organizer of the relay. “Being a part of this cause has been one of the most impacting experiences of my life. I think bringing such a positive event to Hamline would be beneficial in creating a greater sense of community on our campus. Cancer is so prevalent; everyone knows someone who has been affected by it. I cannot think of a better way to raise funds and provide support than an all night gathering of our peers filled with games, food, and fun festivities.”

“Being a part of a Relay event in the past was probably one of the coolest things I've done,” said Renee Punyko, co-organizer of the relay. “I want this to be an annual event at Hamline because I want us to have a community-wide experience like that - I want students, faculty, and staff members to be a part of something that's huge and that makes a difference. This is something the entire country gets involved in and I want us to join in.” 

The organizers hope to raise $25,000 and have started a student group on campus, so that Relay will continue at Hamline long after they graduate. The Facebook Group is: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=209971165732