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Relay for Life at Penn
February 6, 2007, Volume 53, No. 21

Relay For Life is a twelve-hour event held annually at Franklin Field during which we honor cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battles. Teams of 8-15 individuals take turns walking around the track all night to symbolize that the fight against cancer does not sleep.  The evening includes food, games, entertainment and celebrations. This year the event will run from 8 p.m. on March 30 to 8 a.m. on March 31.

Relay at Penn has grown tremendously since it began in 2003 with an impressive $46,000 raised last year. This year, our goal is to fundraise $100,000. In order to accomplish this feat, we need the participation of Penn faculty and staff. We also believe that faculty and staff involvement will greatly enhance the event, making it one of the few occasions on campus that includes the entire Penn community. 

We ask that you assist us in achieving this objective by helping us to reach out to this population at Penn. In addition, we would like to extend the invitation to friends and family. We understand that many faculty members are reluctant to attend an all-night event; however, we would like to emphasize that they are not required to stay for the entire duration of the event. We would especially like to involve all members of the Penn community who have been touched by cancer and honor them during our Survivor’s Lap and our Luminaria Ceremony, as well as provide further support for them by connecting them to the American Cancer Society.

For more information visit www.acsevents.org/relay/pa/upenn or contact me by e-mail at cshulse@wharton.upenn.edu with any questions.

—Corey Hulse, Chair of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Penn

Almanac - February 6, 2007, Volume 53, No. 21