Relay For Life readying for main yearly event at MU

Friday, March 16, 2012 | 4:52 p.m. CDT; updated 10:11 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 16, 2012

COLUMBIA — It's not too late to get involved in the 2012 Relay For Life of Mizzou.

The event runs from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Participants will meet at the MU Student Recreation Complex to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer and remember loved ones who have died. 

Publicity co-chair Kate Bohnert said as of Friday afternoon, there were 1,089 participants and 84 teams registered to participate. She said $69,312 had been raised, and "the numbers just keep going up."  

As of 4 p.m. Friday, the top three teams on the relay website, in terms of money raised, were: 

  • Steering Committee — $12,834
  • Little Sisters of the Gold Rose — $4,180
  • Air Force ROTC — $4,132

The top three participants, according to website, were: 

  • Mary Lamming — $3,700
  • William Horner — $2,099
  • Taylor Hunt — $1,275

This is Bohnert's second year working on the steering committee of Relay For Life. She said she first got involved because she has family members who have been affected by cancer. Bohnert said she wants to do her part to find a cure and support cancer research. 

Bret Dalgaard has been participating in Relay For Life for six years and is currently serving his second year as the MU event chair. He said people involved in the planning tweak the event to better it each year. 

"We're right on track, and hopefully we will surpass the amount we raised last year," he said. 

Dalgaard said there are multiple events throughout the year to prepare for Relay For Life. 

"It's a year-round thing," Dalgaard said. "It's a long process to get it done, but it's a lot of fun." 

Pink fire trucks on Lowry Mall and Paint it Purple Week were just two of the colorful events that supported the 2012 Relay For Life of Mizzou. 

Bohnert said it is not too late to get involved. Interested people can register online, or register at the event.

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