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The 3rd Annual CSU Relay For Life

April 18, 2009

This year marks the 25th year celebration of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life Event.

National event for 25 years

This nationally recognized event began back in 1985 in Tacoma Washington, when a surgeon by the name of Dr. Gordy Klatt, decided to raise money for his local American Cancer Society. He wanted to do something he enjoyed, which was running marathons and incorporated it into his local fundraiser.

In May of 1985, he spent 24 hours circling the University of Puget Sound’s Baker Stadium track raising over $27,000 in donations for his efforts. Today’s Relay has evolved to consist of local “teams” running, walking, and having a team member on the track at all times, in celebration of their fundraising efforts and to signify that cancer never sleeps!

Start at CSU

In 2007, Colleges Against Cancer held their 1st Relay for Life event at Colorado State University, and the tradition continues this year as the Relay event has been set for April 24-25. The 2009 event will be held for 12 hours starting at 8 p.m. on Friday and ending at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the CSU Student Recreation Center.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature fundraising event. It is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team of 10-15 members while camping out at the relay site. While they are not taking their turn walking or running, they can take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. The event helps celebrate those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.

Braving mother nature

In past years team have braved cold and unpredictable weather to fight back against cancer, but this year the planning team is taking no chances with the weather and will moving the event to the CSU Student Recreation Center. This move will allow teams to enjoy the event and not have to worry about the weather, while participating in activities and entertainment like performances and music, movies, food, and a variety of games.

We invite you to join us on April 24 at 8 p.m. for our opening ceremonies and throughout the night at our event until 8 a.m. on April 25.

For more information or site contact on your arrival to the event please contact Event Chair, Jeff Rosenberry, by e-mail at

Contact: Jeff Rosenberry
Phone: (970) 491-0487