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UC students and community participate in Relay for Life


Williamsburg, Ky. – The fourth Annual UC Relay for Life, which raised an estimated $6,202, welcomed over 350 people from the college and the community to the O. Wayne Rollins Center at University of the Cumberlands (UC) March 26, 2014.

The opening ceremony of the Relay honored five UC alumni, current and former employees and a UC student who are cancer survivors. The survivor’s lap started out first, followed by the caregivers lap, and then the Team lap. The impact of seeing those who’ve gone before helped with raising awareness of the need for financial support for those with cancer and their families.


“The American Cancer Society provided funds for doctors’ appointments and found funds to help my family with finances," said Sierra Jones (McCreary, Ky.), three years cancer free and a freshman at UC. "They gave me my Make a Wish to go to Disney, and helped with support and finances.”

The Luminaire ceremony honored and gave tribute in memory of those with cancer. White paper bags with glow sticks inside were lined up along the stage with the names of the people honored and memorialized. As the person’s name was called, the family and friends went up front to light the glow sticks.

“We must fight back in order to honor all of the memories of others,” said Ben Clayton, Residence Hall Director of Kleist Hall, after he prayed.

Someone was constantly walking around the track during the Relay for Life which lasted from six p.m. to six a.m. Relay for Life starts out during the day to signify the beginning of the cancer patient's diagnosis and continues long into the night to give people an example of the tiring, long journey that they experience. The rising sun is the hope that they have for a new day.

"We just want to make sure that everyone knows that there are a lot of free programs within the American Cancer Society and to get them connected," said Roxanne Rose, the regional director for Relay for Life.

Support was also given in the form of funds to the American Cancer Society through booths from 11 different teams and other community teams and vendors. The activities provided by them included: dancing with the Patriot mascot, a photo booth, 80s make overs, food, corn hole tournament, massages, jewelry, t-shirts, and much more. Money is still being brought in from the Silent Auction, t-shirt orders, and UC’s Student Government Association's funds.

At certain times during the long night, the teams participated in events. The events and games included: 80s wheel of relay, Dirty Dancing lift, Zumba, Cumberlands’ Got Talent, mystery game, slinky race, Simon says, larger than life Twister and name that 80s tune.

The teams that were involved were the Student Government Association, Hutton Business, Men's Wrestling, Multimedia and Athletic Services, Patriot Dance Team, Patriots in Purple, Residence Hall and Oates, Trapper Keepers, the UC Bowling Team, the UC Committee, and the UC Football team. The eleven teams totaled 355 participants.

"I am extremely pleased with this year’s Relay for Life and the connected events and fundraisers," said Agnes Brown-Oliphant, UC Relay for Life (RFL) Chair. "It was a lot of fun for all involved and I hope we can do as well or better next year! I would like to say a huge thank you to all who helped make this year’s RFL a success and hope that you realize you have made a difference in the fight against cancer!"

To learn more about the American Cancer Society call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit