UC Hosts Relay for Life

The official Relay for Life logo.

On Friday, March 31, beginning at 6:00 p.m., University of the Cumberlands (UC) will host the seventh annual Relay for Life in the O. Wayne Rollins Center. This year’s theme is Join the Fight: UC vs. Cancer.

“I hope to see several people dressed in their favorite superhero costumes this year,” said Agnes Brown-Oliphant, event chair for UC’s Relay for Life. “More than that, though, I hope we surpass last year’s amount raised so that we can help more patients and survivors from our area.”

Relay for Life is a nationwide fundraiser sponsored by the American Cancer Society that raises funds to find a cure while honoring the lives of all those who have battled cancer. In 2016 alone, the American Cancer Society provided a total of 726 services to the Whitley County area, including wigs, resources and free or reduced hospital and hotel stays, according to Elise Allen, the American Cancer Society representative for the Mid-South Division.

UC’s Relay for Life begins with the Survivor Lap at 6:00 p.m., where all survivors in the greater community are encouraged to come together and be recognized. Then, throughout the all-night event, individuals and teams will be able to participate in various contests and activities. Participants are welcome to stay the whole evening or drop by for however long they can.

“I cannot wait to reconnect with all the people who have attended and helped in the past, as well as to meet new members from the community at large here in Williamsburg,” Brown-Oliphant said.

All members of the community, including individuals, teams, organizations and businesses, are invited to register and participate in Relay for Life. UC students are also eligible for UC Engage credit by attending the opening ceremony from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information about registration or Relay for Life’s mission, please contact Agnes Brown-Oliphant at 606.539.4254 or relay4life@ucumberlands.edu.

Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, University of the Cumberlands is an institute of regional distinction that currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major areas of study; 10 pre-professional programs; 10 graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certificates in education; and online programs.