Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 7, April 13, 2012
Mark Century

Relay for Life

Relay For Life is in its seventh year at Rensselaer. The committee has set a goal of $110,000 for this year's event. Photo by Kris Qua.

Relay For Life Set for April 27-28

The seventh annual Relay For Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held on ’86 Field April 27-28, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Relay For Life is a community event that celebrates the lives of cancer survivors and remembers those who have lost their battle with the devastating disease. This year, the fundraising event will focus on an Olympian theme as a way to “light the torch for more birthdays.”

Last month, to encourage support and participation for Relay For Life, committee members hosted “Paint the Campus Purple Day,” since purple is the official color for cancer awareness. Throughout the day, and across campus, Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff showed their support by wearing purple. In addition, Olympian-themed stickers, purple cupcakes in the dining halls, sidewalk chalk, flyers, and murals displayed along the panels lining the Low Center for Industrial Innovation contributed to the excitement. Of special note, many people noticed that the Rensselaer LMS homepage turned purple for a few days, sparking conversation that led to greater awareness, according to event organizers.“This year's event is going to be very exciting,” said Brian Nock, a senior majoring in civil engineering, who is also serving as this Relay For Life chair. “We will have more entertainment than ever before, featuring a host of student bands, singing groups, dance teams, and DJs that will occupy the stage for nearly 12 full hours.”

Last year, the Relay For Life event at Rensselaer involved more than 1,300 participants and raised $103,000. The Relay Committee has set a goal of $110,000 for this year. They also hope to gain more faculty and staff involvement. “We want everyone to feel welcome to enjoy the event with family, friends, and students,” Nock said.

Jessica Giles, manager of special events for the American Cancer Society, is optimistic that Rensselaer will once again meet its goals. “Relay For Life is about being a community that takes up the fight against cancer, and RPI has definitely taken on the challenge to help us create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Giles.

The overall event is coordinated by a committee of nearly 30 students devoted to planning activities, entertainment, and the engagement of the Rensselaer community. Committee members may be reached via email at

For more information, and to register for Relay for Life 2012, visit In addition, updates can be found on the event's Facebook page at

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