Relay for Life at Shepherd University to be held this weekend

Shepherdstown, WV—Shepherd University’s ninth annual Relay for Life will be held April 15, and organizers are prepared to roll out the red carpet for cancer survivors with this year’s theme, “Lights, Camera, Take Action.”

Holly Frye, director of student community services and service learning, is extending an open invitation to community members to attend and participate in this year’s event. According to Frye, this year Shepherd’s Relay for Life fundraising efforts will hit $400,000 since the annual event began in 2003.

Frye said she wants to extend an invitation so community members can witness what Shepherd students are capable of doing. Fundraisers for Friday night’s event include raffles, cake walks, bake sale, a silent auction, face painting, and more.

As of Monday, 711 participants have registered for Friday’s event, making up more than 50 teams. To date, $43,000 has been raised towards the $80,000 goal.

Organizers have teamed up with the “paint the town purple” in honor of Relay for Life. Beginning April 11, and continuing through Saturday’s event, purple ribbons will be on parking meters and on shops, and purple donation feet will be for sale around town to display in shops and on windows.

“The students never stop amazing me with their commitment,” Frye said. “For a university of our size to be able to make such an impact demonstrates the quality of student we have at Shepherd.”

“It’s all about bringing the community and campus together,” Frye said.

Sponsors for this year’s Relay for Life include Welsh Sound, Hollywood Casinos, Bavarian Inn, Prettyman Broadcasting, STULZ Air Technology Systems, Inc., Walker’s Shortbread, Shepherd University football team, Pepsi, Shepherd University Dining Services, The Picket, Shepherd University Wellness Center, the Shepherd University Police Department, and Shepherd University.

Activities kicked off Sunday with the survivor’s brunch and will continue with registration and campsite set up on Friday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m. Events continue with the Torch Run on German Street at 4 p.m.; Survivors Lap at 6 p.m.; the Luminary Ceremony (weather permitting) will be held at 10 p.m; and the Fight Back Ceremony at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. The last lap will be made at sunrise.

Only registered walkers are eligible for the Relay T-shirt and a free meal from Hollywood Casinos.

For more information, call the Office of Student Community Services and Service Learning at 304-876-5402 or visit