|Avila University spotted at Relay for Life|
|Kansas City, MO||
June 19, 2009
Avila University recently sponsored a team for Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event.
Avila students, staff, alumni, family members and cancer survivors took turns walking from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Rockhurst High School and helped raise $78,000 to support the fight against cancer.
“This overnight event empowers everyone to help fight cancer by raising money and awareness,” said Jason Baldwin, director of Student Life. “The atmosphere was fun, empowering and emotional.”
The Avila team showed its spirit by decorating its campsite with a 101 Dalmatians theme, complete with a banner for participants to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to cancer. Participants were encouraged to write their “101 reasons to spot out cancer.”
With the overall race theme of 80s, Avila’s team was decked out in legwarmers, cutoff shirts, scrunchies, leggings and wild 80s hair. As part of the Relay for Life competition, Baldwin participated in the Miss Relay Contest. For the contest, male participants dressed up as women and went into the campsites and local businesses to collect donations. Baldwin dressed as Cruella De Vil, complete with red dress, black feather boa and the infamous black and white hair.
“They shut off the stadium lights so it was pitch dark and everyone walked a lap for their loved ones,” Burkhart said. “I only made it to my grandma’s luminary. It was a very touching way for me to remember my grandma.”
Baldwin said that a big ‘thank you’ goes out to the Avila University community, family and friends for their support of the Avila University team with donations and prayers.
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.