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Published May 17, 2004; Category: EVENTS

Relay for Life raises funds to fight cancer

Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Memorial Field and continuing all night until 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dartmouth's first ever Relay For Life will honor cancer victims and survivors and raise funds to fight the disease. Organized by Dartmouth senior Jeffrey DellaVolpe, Dartmouth's Relay For Life is one of more than 3,800 other relays occurring in nine countries this year. The events were spawned by Gordy Klatt, who first took a 24-hour walk around a Tacoma, Wash., track in 1985.

According to DellaVolpe, Dartmouth's relay will feature speakers who will honor Brian Henry, an '04 who died of cancer last year. The relay begins with a "Survivor's Lap" in which those who have had cancer walk the first lap. This year, the lap will be lead by Susan DeBevoise Wright, Director of the Montgomery Endowment and wife of President James Wright.

So far 69 teams and more than 600 students are scheduled to participate. The goal of each team, DellaVolpe says, will be to have at least one member on the track at all times.

"We're going to provide entertainment throughout the event," DellaVolpe says. "And it would be great to have the faculty and staff of the College help out.  They could come out to the event to show their support and add to the sense of community that we are trying to build."

At 10 p.m. there will be a "luminarias" ceremony during which luminaria bags, which can be purchased at the event in memory of someone who has had cancer, will be simultaneously lit. 

"It is a reflective ceremony again done to honor those who have struggled against the disease," DellaVolpe said.

The event currently has raised more than $20,000, and organizers are still accepting donations at

According to the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life is the organization's signature activity. It unites millions of people in thousands of communities nationwide each year to raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from the disease. Every dollar raised by relays supports the American Cancer Society.


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