A group of 25 Relay for Lifers comprised of University of Central Arkansas faculty and staff members are making preparations for this year’s fundraising events.

The first event will take place at Pizza Inn on Hogan Lane tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Members of the group will act as wait staff for the restaurant. A percentage of sales of the night and all tips will be collected.
Donna Gladwin, program coordinator for the Office of the Provost at UCA, and co-captain of the Care Bear Relay for Life team said in the few hours of waiting tables last year, the group raised $556.

This year’s largest effort will take place at the East McCastlain Ballroom at UCA on March 2 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
At a fundraising event called Eat to Beat Cancer, numerous businesses in the Conway area will donate desserts to be sold, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Mike’s Place, Michelangelo’s, MarketPlace Grill, Centennial Valley Country Club, Double Dip Donuts and Cakes, Vintage to Vogue and Vintage Kitchen will be present at the event.

Gladwin said Aramark Food Services has been a large part of organizing the event. UCA chefs and Aramark vendors will participate as well, and Chef Robert Hall will feature his desserts.
The event is open to the entire campus and community.
From the two events and individual donations, the UCA Care Bear team wants to meet a goal of $4,000. 

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will be present at the Eat to Beat Cancer event to take voluntary swabs from participants in a Spit for the Cure study conducted by the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.
The study requires that participants be 18 years of age and be willing to provide a saliva sample for DNA extraction to be used to create a bank of information for future studies and cancer research.

The culmination of efforts by Faulkner County Relay for Life teams will take place at the Estes Stadium on the UCA campus. Teams from the county will occupy the field on April 23 for 18 hours beginning at 6 p.m.

The evening will begin with a walk around the track for survivors.
“We invite survivors from Faulkner County to come to the event and walk. They don’t have to be a team member. We want to celebrate and remember them at this time,” Gladwin said.

Next, a caregiver walk will take place for those taking care of cancer survivors and for those who cared for and lost a loved one.

“We keep the evening alive and everyone stays busy. There will be a continuous walk around Estes Stadium. There will be games, and food,” Gladwin said. “We walk continuously the whole night, signifying that cancer never sleeps and the Relay for Life teams never sleep.”

At nightfall, a service will be held for those who have lost their battle to cancer.

For more information on fundraising events by the UCA Care Bear Relay for Life team or to donate, contact Donna Gladwin at donnag@uca.edu or 450-3126.

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