Last updated: March 20. 2014 8:05PM - 806 Views

By Gary Budzak


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Ohio Wesleyan University’s annual Relay For Life event begins at 6 p.m. March 21 and runs through 10 a.m. March 22 in Gordon Field House.

It’s earlier than many of the American Cancer Society’s Colleges Against Cancer relays held around the country, but there’s a good reason.

“Once the summer season kicks off, many of the students aren’t here, so they always have this event earlier,” OWU spokesman Cole Hatcher told The Gazette.

As of 3:45 p.m. March 20, 22 teams and 218 participants had raised $10,231 in the fight against cancer.

“The first semester of my freshman year, my Mom passed away from leukemia,” said senior co-chair Jija Dutt. “Everyone on the committee has been affected by it directly or indirectly.”

Dutt said fundraising efforts began in October, and will culminate with the relay. She said that each hour there will be unique fundraisers and events, such as the survivor lap, and the luminaria and fight back ceremonies.

“We always pick one on-campus personality and do a fundraiser surrounding them,” Dutt said. “We’re using (university) President Rock Jones as a fundraiser. We’re selling an arm’s-length of duct tape, and people can duct-tape him to the wall. That was a success in 2011. He is willing to do that again.”

To donate or participate, you may attend the event or visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY14EC?pg=entry&fr_id=56536.

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