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Relay for Life needs big final week to make goal

April 6, 2007

KALAMAZOO--With one week remaining before the event, 60 teams in the sixth annual Relay for Life of Western Michigan University have raised $26,446, or about 40 percent of this year's $63,000 goal.

More than 620 volunteers, mostly WMU students, have joined one the teams in the relay, a 24-hour walk-a-thon to support the American Cancer Society. This year's Relay for Life of WMU begins at noon Friday, April 13, and continues through noon Saturday, April 14, at Kanley Track on the WMU main campus.

Top fund-raising teams to date are Colleges Against Cancer, with $3,954 raised, and Bronco Marching Band, with $2,611 in contributions. Other top teams include Student Occupational Therapy Association, Team MedHead and Chi Omega.

The event is open to the public and draws participants and support from WMU students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as members of the area community.

To register a team, join an existing team or make a contribution, visit Relay for Life of Western Michigan University at www.acsevents.org/relay/mi/wmu.

This year's theme is "Rockin' Toward a Cure." The event is expected to include live benefit performances by area bands, as well as recorded music and other entertainment.

Cancer survivors are invited to participate in the Survivor Ceremony Friday evening, April 13, at Kanley Track. For more information or to sign up for the ceremony, write to the WMU student chapter of Colleges Against Cancer at cac_wmu@yahoo.com.

Building on last year's records

More than 600 people participated in the 2006 Relay for Life of WMU. There were a record 56 teams at last year's relay, raising more than $50,000.

The top fund-raising team at the 2006 relay represented WMU faculty and staff and brought in more than $7,000. Other top teams were Walk this Way, MedHeads, Saint Thomas More, and Colleges Against Cancer.

Contributions to the American Cancer Society can be made online through the Relay for Life of WMU or checks payable to American Cancer Society may be mailed to Relay for Life of WMU, American Cancer Society, 5110 S. Sprinkle Rd., Portage MI 49002-2050.

For more information, write to WMU Colleges Against Cancer at cac_wmu@yahoo.com.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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