Concordia Experience

Relay for Life

Concordia University Chicago will host its annual cancer awareness Relay for Life event Saturday, April 27, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the athletic track at its River Forest campus, with a goal of raising $25,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Cancer survivors, caregivers and the community are invited to take part in CUC’s Mini Relay For Life by joining or organizing a team for this special event. Activities will include a life size game of checkers, a beanbags tournament, silent auction, themed laps, photography booth, face painting, live entertainment and feature a special guest appearance by 103.5 KISS FM personality Erik Z, who will be giving away tickets for that evening’s Carly Rae Jepsen and Olly Murs concert.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. According to the American Cancer Society, millions have taken part in Relay For Life since it was established in 1986, making it the world’s largest fundraising event. Across the nation each year, communities mobilize for more than 4,800 overnight Relay events to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

“I relay for my mother. At the end of January she was diagnosed with cancer, which led to surgery, a new diagnosis, and now, a new treatment plan,” said Allison Schoenback, a CUC senior communication major and Relay For Life student event chair. “My Ma is my hero and my best friend; she is the reason I relay.”

Concordia-Chicago is also teaming up with the following local businesses and organizations to raise funds for Relay for Life:

  • April 18, 4:30 to 7:30p.m.: Potbelly’s, located at 1100 Lake Street in Oak Park, will donate 25 percent of all the store’s profits for the day to the 2013 Relay For Life of Concordia.
  • April 19, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Noodles & Company, located at 7215 Lake Street in River Forest, will donate 25 percent of the store’s profits for those who bring in a flyer or mention Relay to the 2013 Relay For Life of Concordia.
  • April 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: A Rummage Sale will take place in front of Mary Martha Hall on Concordia’s campus. Items for sale will include used books, DVDs, clothing for all ages and more. Donations for the sale are needed. Please contact Kati Jendraszak at 708-209-3006 for more information. Rummage Sale drop off days are April 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Christopher Center Lobby.

For more information on the CUC Mini Relay For Life event, visit or contact Jenna DeAngelis at or 312-279-7266. The Concordia-Chicago campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off Bonnie Brae Street.