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KNOXVILLE—University of Tennessee students and staff will have the opportunity to fight back against cancer by participating in the upcoming Relay for Life.

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Circle Park, and continues until 6:00 a.m. Saturday. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Tennessee Recreational Center for Students (TRECS).

This year’s theme is “Around the World with Relay.” More than forty teams consisting of UT students and staff will be present with booths around Circle Park. Each team has chosen a country to represent as part of the theme.

Participation in Relay for Life is part of UT’s partnership with the American Cancer Society’s Colleges Against Cancer initiative. The initiative focuses advocacy, cancer education, Relay For Life and survivorship. With hundreds of campuses taking part in this initiative, college students are making an impact on campuses around the world.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life mobilizes communities and campuses throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

So far, this week’s event has raised $41,600. For every $50 raised, the giver’s name will be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire.

For more information about the event or to make a donation, visit www.relayforlife.org/utk or email relay@utk.edu.