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Hope College Relay for Life returns November 15
Hope College Relay for Life returns November 15

HOLLAND – The student-organized Hope College chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will hold its 11th annual Relay for Life event from 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Dow Center.

Relay for Life is part of a national fund-raising initiative for the American Cancer Society.  The non-competitive event invites members of the Hope College community to form teams then walk the Dow Center’s track overnight to raise funds for research, education, advocacy and service in the fight against cancer.

The relay will begin with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Cancer survivors and caregivers will be invited to participate in laps at 7:30 p.m. Awareness events focused on different types of cancer have been scheduled across the 12-hour relay.  The event will also include a 10 p.m. luminaria ceremony honoring those who have lost their lives to cancer and those who are still battling cancer; a midnight ceremony emphasizing fighting back against cancer; and a 6:30 a.m. closing ceremony.

Hundreds of students participate in the college’s Relay for Life annually, with more than 500 signed up this year.  The 29 teams that have registered include a variety of student organizations, as well as groups representing academic programs, residence halls and others who have banded together specifically on behalf of the event.

Hope College students have helped raise $394,033.70 since the school began hosting Relay for Life in 2003.

The Dow Center is located at 168 E. 13th St., on 13th Street at Columbia Avenue.