Relay for Life raises money and awareness for cancer research

By Costa Maragos Posted: February 6, 2018 6:00 a.m.

The Relay for Life team at the event kickoff held recently at the Research and Innovation Centre. Front row (l-r) Victoria Johnson, Crystal McLaughlin, Karli Hufnagel, Jace Cann, Leah Donaldson and Shelby Piechotta. Back row (l-r) Robin Hamilton, Brianne Urzada and Dr. Thomas Chase, Vice-President (Academic).
The Relay for Life team at the event kickoff held recently at the Research and Innovation Centre. Front row (l-r) Victoria Johnson, Crystal McLaughlin, Karli Hufnagel, Jace Cann, Leah Donaldson and Shelby Piechotta. Back row (l-r) Robin Hamilton, Brianne Urzada and Dr. Thomas Chase, Vice-President (Academic). Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography

The campus community is being asked to come together to help fight cancer.

The University of Regina’s fifth annual Relay for Life fundraiser takes place on Friday, April 6th.

Organizers are now asking for teams to come forward to take part in this fun event.

All the money raised go towards the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.

“This is always such a fun event and we have had quite a few people express interest in starting up a team for this year’s relay,” says Karli Hufnagel, chairperson of Relay for Life 2018.

This year’s event has been shortened to six hours from 12 hours, beginning at 7:00 p.m. and finishing at 1:00 a.m.

“We know it's a busy time of year so we are hoping that by running a shorter event this year we will be able to have more participants,” says Hufnagel.  

Last year more than 200 participants and volunteers took part, raising an impressive $20,017.

This year’s event includes activities, entertainment, team prizes, inspiring speakers, honouring cancer survivors and remembering loved ones, which includes a luminary ceremony.

“Like many people, I have lost many family members to cancer, many at a young age,” says Hufnagel. “It makes it clear to me how important the fight against cancer is and therefore, why events such as Relay for Life are so incredibly important.”

If you are interested in registering please contact uofrrelay@gmail.com.

Teams that register prior to March 12 will be entered in a draw for an early bird prize.

If you can’t make it to the event, you’re asked to consider supporting the cause with the purchase of flowers. The Relay for Life team will be selling flowers for $3 each on February 12 – 14 at the Riddell Centre.