Cancer victims and survivors to be honored and remembered

Relay for Life kicks off at UT

TAMPA, Fla. - A local event will honor those who have survived cancer and remember those who have lost their battle. The University of Tampa will hold its Relay for Life Kick-Off at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 15, on the intramural field by the stadium. Relay for LIfe is the American Cancer Society's signature event.

After cancer survivors take part in a first lap around the field, students will then take turns walking for 18 hours, until 10 a.m. the next morning. Throughout the night there will be a DJ and activities including a "She's So Hot" contest, where a male from each team dresses in drag to symbolize how women feel outside their own skin during treatment. There will also be a massive dodgeball game between all the teams.

"Cancer does not sleep so for one night the students have made a pledge to not sleep either and to fight back," said Samantha Lauf, student chair for this year's event.

There are 48 teams registered, with more than 600 participants. The goal this year is to raise $65,000, and the students have already raised more than $38,000. All proceeds go toward cancer research and outpatient care.

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