SMU ready to Relay for Life Friday, April 8, 2016

relayforlife-bigSMU will celebrate its 13th year of Relay for Life on Friday, April 8 from 6 p.m. to midnight.  SMU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate to honor those who have battled cancer and make progress toward finding a cure. Currently, 1,332 participants have signed up for the event and SMU Relay has already raised more than $119,000.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m., Friday, April 8 on Bishop Boulevard, with an opening ceremony followed by a survivors and caregivers lap at 6:10 p.m. Lanterns will be lit at 9 p.m. to remember loved ones lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who fought cancer in the past.

Luminarias can be purchased prior to the event for $10 by contacting Lauren Brandt. Closing ceremonies will take place at 11:45 p.m.

SMU Relay has always exceeded expectations. Last year, they set a goal to raise $158,000 last year and surpassed it by almost $20,000. They also placed first in the Number One Relay Challenge last year. We are excited to see what the final numbers for this year are!

smu-relay-for-life-300“I am so passionate about Relay for Life because too many of my loved ones have been affected by this disease. I am also passionate about Relay because I truly believe that one day the world will be cancer-free. Every dollar that is raised for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society gets us one step and one day closer to that world,” said Katie Meier, Relay co-chair.

Visit SMU’s Relay for Life page for more information, as well as to see lists of all the registered participants, teams, money raised and events.

SMU celebrates Relay for Life on April 10-11, 2015

relayforlife-bigThe 2015 Relay For Life of SMU will take place Friday-Saturday, April 10-11, from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 a.m. All events and activities will take place on Bishop Boulevard. SMU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate to make progress toward a world without cancer.

As part of the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life movement symbolizes hope and a shared goal to end a life-threatening disease. As a way to take action and help finish the fight against cancer during an overnight community fundraising walk, the event serves as an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those lost and raise funds and awareness to help end cancer forever.

2015 Relay for Life Schedule: 

  • Opening Ceremony: Bringing everyone together for a lively event kickoff, Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. with an Opening Ceremony.
  • Survivors Lap: Next, at 6:15 p.m., all cancer survivors are invited to celebrate their victory over cancer by taking the first lap on the Boulevard.
  • Caregivers Lap: Following the Survivors Lap, anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer is invited to walk a lap at 6:30 p.m.
  • Luminaria Ceremony: As a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, the Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 10 p.m.
  • Closing Ceremony: The event will come to an end at 11:30 a.m. during the Closing Ceremony.

The Boulevard will be closed to traffic at 4 p.m. Parking is free and available in the Binkley garage. For more information regarding Relay for Life, email Rebecca Wood or visit the event webpage.

SMU’s 9th annual Relay For Life scheduled for April 13-14, 2012

Survivors, caregivers and supporters walked all night during SMU's 2011 Relay For Life cancer fundraiser. Photo credit: Clayton T. Smith.

More than 2,000 SMU community members will walk all night to raise money and awareness for cancer research during the University’s 9th annual Relay For Life cancer fundraiser.

The 2012 event takes place from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday, April 13-14, on Bishop Boulevard. Funds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The 12-hour walk – open to all SMU faculty, staff and students – is meant to remind the community that cancer never sleeps and that the fight against it must always move forward. SMU’s goal is to raise $116,000.

In just two months, SMU first-year student Kathryn Schaible, whose father died of melanoma when she was 14, has already raised $20,000 in pledges for the cause.

“I know how cancer can break a family down and change your life,” Schaible said. “The Relay For Life fundraising experience has been much more than raising money. It has given me the opportunity to spread awareness, and talk about treatment and prevention. Educating people and sharing my story has kept me committed to this project.”

An opening ceremony on Friday will honor cancer survivors. Following the ceremony, events such as a wing-eating contest, Zumba and yoga classes, a movie on the lawn and a car smash will keep supporters entertained until the walk ends at 5 a.m. on Saturday.

Live entertainment starts at 5 p.m. Friday and will include performances by the Empower Africa dancers, the Mustang Mavericks country-western dance team, the Empowered Hip Hop dancers, the Stephanie Little Band, Spencer Fox, MOVE, TREAT, and SMU’s student a cappella singing groups Belle Tones and Southern Gentlemen.

Sponsors include the Willits Foundation, EPIC, the SMU Student Senate, United Health Services, IFC, WestPoint Financial Group, Mass Mutual, Baylor Hospitals, UPS, Hannon Hydraulics and Blackberry.

Visit for details on donations and participation.

Written by Christina Voss