Relay For Life returns to Rensselaer

THE LUMINARIA CEREMONY FROM LAST YEAR’S RELAY FOR LIFE LIGHTS UP the ’86 Field. Each candle represents a person who has been affected by cancer, whether a survivor or a victim.

To all Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Come out and join the biggest uniting force on campus: Relay For Life!

Relay For Life is an annual event held on the ’86 Field to raise money for cancer research and bring hope to victims, survivors, and their families. Dr. Gordy Klatt started the event 27 years ago as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and this tradition has continued through the years. The Relay For Life motto is fairly simple: “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back.” This year marks the seventh annual relay at Rensselaer.

The event will be held on April 27–28 from 6 pm–6 am on the ’86 Field. This year’s theme is the Olympics, as we encourage RPI to “Torch Cancer!” We would like everyone to have an Olympian mindset while pacing the track to help fight back. Last week, you may have seen people wearing purple handing out Olympian-themed stickers as well as purple posters around campus drawing awareness to the event. Many of you noticed that your LMS homepage turned purple for a few days as a reminder to support this wonderful cause, but that is just the beginning!

We are up 19 participants and 12 teams compared to this time last year, and more money, participants, and awareness is being raised. Since Relay For Life began at RPI, we have raised more than $600,000. Last year, RPI was recognized as a Top 5 College Event in the Eastern Division. Let’s keep this tradition of excellence going!

There is still time to get involved. To start raising money and sign up for the relay itself, visit Over 1,000 students at Rensselaer join in this effort each year. The all-night event is full of opportunities to give back and support the community in the fight while having fun and enjoying each other’s company. DJ FNKSTR (Colin Youngwall ’13) will be throwing tracks from 12 am–2 am, student dance groups will perform, and there will be plenty of food and conversation to go around.

I look forward to seeing you on the ’86 Field!