Relay for Life at UNCP raises $15,000


The first campus Relay for Life at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was April 20 – 21 with faculty, staff and students raising more than $15,000 for the American Cancer Society.


Fifteen cancer survivors walked the Survivor Lap led by Chancellor Meadors.

Approximately 500 participants and 25 teams raised money by walking for 24 hours in a loop in front of the James B. Chavis University Center.

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors addressed the opening ceremonies of the event and led the survivor walk.

“Almost every family is touched by cancer, and I think this is a wonderful thing for our students, faculty and staff to become involved in,” Chancellor Meadors said. “Over the next three or four years, I believe this event will continue to grow, not only in raising money for the American Cancer Society, but for awareness issues. I want to encourage everyone to participate next year.”

The track was lined with luminaries in memory of loved ones. UNCP student and cancer survivor Karen Tew led the luminary service with the story of her cancer.

UNCP’s Ruritan Club organized the event and student Neil Guin coordinated.

“I’ve been impressed; it’s been great,” Guin said. “They pretty much walked all night.”

 Faculty advisor was W. Stewart Thomas of the School ofBusiness

“I am extremely pleased and proud with the results of this inaugural Relay For Life event at UNCP,” Thomas said. “The event was much more successful than many events at comparable sized Universities and promises to undergo extraordinary growth in the coming years.

“The success of the event was led by the outstanding work of Neil Guin, event chair, all committee chairs each of who were members of UNCP's newly founded Ruritan Club,” he continued. “The spirit of the students, University staff, and student organizations was phenomenal. It is this type of spirit that will make UNCP a model for other Universities.”

For more information, please contact Thomas at 910.521.6859 or email