Alumni close to goal as Relay for Life approaches
The tents are up, the confetti cannons are loaded, and the campus is ready to welcome the American Cancer Society's 2012 Relay for Life of Kenosha. This event, running from 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, to 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, with the opening ceremonies Friday at 6 p.m., is held at UW-Parkside's outdoor track just east of Highway E and JR.
Relay For Life gives all of us a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around the track. And because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events. Participants don't have to walk all night, but each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Since its inception, the Kenosha Relay has raised over $4 million toward eradicating cancer.
Speaking of teams, our UW-Parkside Alumni Team of Peggy Karls, James McPhaul, Rich and Heather Miles, Gary Nephew, and James Stephens is close to reaching its fund raising goal. With hours to go before the opening ceremonies, they have raised $920. Their goal is $1,000. To see who has already contributed and to add you're your name to the list, go to the Relay for Life web site. As of Thursday, Aug. 2, at noon, the 78 teams had raised a total of $94,316.
Following the opening ceremonies, there's a Survivor Lap at 6:30 p.m., the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m., and the closing ceremony Saturday at 8 a.m. Before and during the Relay, the highlights include:
And there's more. Much more. If you can, please consider helping the UW-Parkside Alumni Team reach its fund raising goal. And make plans to be part of the cancer cure during the 2012 Relay for Life of Kenosha.
- Free skin cancer screenings Friday from 4 to 9 p.m.
- A bounce house Friday from 5 p.m. to?whenever
- The Crazy Hat Lap Saturday at 12:30 a.m.
- The Team Spirit Lap Saturday at 2 a.m.
- The Buddy Lap Saturday at 4 a.m.
- The Hula Hoop Contest Saturday at 5 a.m.