Relay for Life set for April 13, 14

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Relay For Life of Penn State will hold its annual Relay weekend on April 13-14 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The 24-hour event will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, and all are encouraged to attend. 

Relay For Life is an inspiring event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society for cancer research and patient services. The mission of Relay For Life of Penn State is to celebrate those who have won their battle with cancer, remember loved ones who have passed and fight back against the disease. Penn State’s event is just one of 5,200 community Relay For Life events around the world.

During Relay weekend, teams of students, faculty and community members will spend 24 hours walking around the track in support of cancer patients. Each team has their own fundraising goal to work towards throughout the school year and during the actual event by holding on-site fundraisers.

Throughout the weekend there will be various fundraisers, live performances and ceremonies. All money raised on-site goes directly towards the total and several teams have organized their own fundraisers such as pie-your-friends, karaoke and selling Relay mugs filled with candy. There are three special ceremonies set up during the weekend that are practiced at every Relay event, worldwide: the Celebrate Ceremony kicks off the weekend with a Survivor’s Lap; the Remember Ceremony culminates on Saturday night when decorated paper bags (also known as luminaria) surrounding the track are lit in honor of those affected by cancer; and the Fight Back Ceremony which closes out the weekend with the total reveal.

For more information about Relay For Life of Penn State, visit or contact public relations overall chair Maddy Pryor at or at 908-489-6123.

Last Updated April 10, 2013