$68,000 raised during Relay for Life at UWP

May 27, 2003

PLATTEVILLE - Hope just got a little bit brighter for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones as more than $68,000 was raised during this year's Relay for Life "Operation Hope: Mission Possible," hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Although the event was held in April, final tallies from the relay have just been received.

"I'm really happy with the results of this year's relay," said relay organizer Colleen McCabe, of the UWP health and physical education department. "The money raised will go to the Hope House in Marshfield. The Hope House provides families of cancer patients with a place to stay while their loved ones receive treatment. The Hope House is a wonderful idea because sometimes these family members have to stay in a hotel for months, and although some hotels give discounts, it still can be very costly."

This is the second year UWP has hosted the Relay for Life. Students from McCabe's seminar in health education class organized volunteers and facility-related aspects of the event. More than 200 volunteers from the University were involved with this year's relay, managing everything from the concession stand and selling luminaries to providing entertainment and cleaning up after the event.

"I had a student from last year's class come back to help again this year with the relay," McCabe said. "The students really take hold of this project. It's a great service learning opportunity, and when the students see the end result they see what kind of impact they can have."

A total of 45 teams participated in the relay, of which 21 teams consisted of UWP students, faculty and staff, meeting one of McCabe's goals for the event.

"My goal was to get more teams from UWP involved in the relay this year than we had last year," McCabe said. "Last year we had 17 teams from the University - which was fantastic - but this year we had 21 teams, so the University is really starting to get involved, and I think we're tapping into a wonderful resource."


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