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Survivor’s Lap Begins HWS Relay

HWS will kick-off its 3rd Annual Relay for Life with an honorary Survivor’s Lap to celebrate the lives of individuals who have battled cancer on Saturday, April 10 at 6 p.m.

“This emotional lap honors the courage of those who have defeated cancer,” says April Soriano, the Survivorship Committee Chair. “Having survivors present at Relay for Life helps to inspire others to keep up the fight.”

At 6 p.m. all cancer survivors, anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, will join together on the track to take the first lap. Because no one fights cancer alone, friends, family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend the Survivor’s Lap and join their loved ones as they walk around the track. HWS’ Relay for Life will take place in Bristol Gym through 6 a.m. on Sunday. All members of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ community are invited to participate.

Relay for Life is an overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society where individuals are encouraged to form teams and take turns walking around the track during the 12-hour event. This year’s fundraising goal is $50,000 and to date the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Relay for Life has fundraised more than $13,000. The event will include three ceremonies, live performances by campus organizations, two bands, a DJ, games, competitions and theme laps. 

If you are a cancer survivor and would like to take part in the Relay for Life of Hobart and William Smith Colleges please contact or All survivors receive a complimentary Relay for Life T-shirt.

According to the American Cancer Society approximately 1.5 million individuals were diagnosed with cancer in 2009. If you would like to learn how you can join the fight visit For additional information on how to sign up for the event or make a donation contact or

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information on cancer call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit