Relay For Life Invites Campus to Join in Kickoff

Students will kick off their yearlong efforts for Relay For Life this week with three events that encourage people to start a team, join a team and start planning for the culminating Relay on campus in the spring. 

On Wednesday, Relay invites students, faculty and staff to light candles in honor of loved ones who have lost battles with cancer, are currently fighting them or celebrating them being in the past. The ceremony will take place at the Campanile at 8:30 p.m. There will also be a free concert at 7 p.m. at Under the Couch featuring the band Courtesy of Frank.

Thursday, volunteers will be on Tech Walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for people to stop by and write for whom they will “relay” on a purple Post-it. The Post-its will be afixed to a banner to be displayed on campus throughout the year.

Friday is the official kick-off, with music, games and free pizza for the first 100 guests to stop by at the Campanile. Relay For Life executive members organizing the initial events are also encouraging members of the campus community to wear purple for the day on campus. 

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s premier event that focuses on celebrating the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost and fighting back against the disease. Teams are formed in advance of the event and camp out overnight (usually on the campus athletic fields), taking turns walking or running around a track or path.

To learn more about Relay at Tech, visit