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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
What is Relay For Life?
How much money is raised?

What is the money used for?
Who can form a team?
Can you add team members?

Do I have to walk the entire night?

What is the registration fee?
Is there a registration deadline?
Who are checks made out to?
When is money due?
When should I give a donor a receipt?
What is Bank Night?
What if I cannot make it to a meeting?

What is the Survivor Walk?

What is the Luminaria Ceremony?
Is the Luminary money kept separate?
How does our T-shirt fee work this year?

 

What is Relay For Life?

The Relay For Life event consists of teams of up to 15 people spending 12-24 hours overnight together to raise money to fight cancer. The objective is to have at least one member of each team walking or running around a track for the entire event. Most of your time will be spent enjoying the company of friends, family, and co-workers. There will be food, drinks, and music provided.

How much money is raised?

Each team member should set a goal to raise a minimum of $100 including their $10 registration fee. By following some of our fundraising ideas, we believe each team member can raise substantially more than $100.

We have set a goal to raise $100,000 for our 2012 relay. We believe this goal is easily attainable; however, we need you to do your part. When we reach our goal, UNI will easily be one of the best college Relays in the Nation.

What is the money used for?

Donations are used to support research, education, patient services and community services. Learn more at our American Cancer Society link on our home web page.

American Cancer Society Contribution Pie Chart

Who can form a team?

Anyone who can gather 8 to 15 people is welcome. Each team should select their Captain and submit the registration form. Click here to go to Organizing A Team.

Can you add team members to your team after you have already registered?

Yes you can. We strongly encourage you to recruit new team members up until the day of the Relay. However, our goal is to have everyone registered and have paid the $10 registration fee and $100 for a t-shirt by March 5th.

Do I have to walk the entire night?

No. Teams of 8-15 people are formed to allow a rotation in who walks throughout the night. It is up to teams to decide on a rotation.

What is the registration fee?

There is a $10 registration fee. However, we strongly encourage every member to raise a minimum of $100. For participants who would like t-shirts, they must raise at least $100.

Is there a registration deadline?

We would like everyone to be registered online by March 5th. We want the teams to register as soon as they have 8-15 people on a team and all teams have to register online. View the calendar of events for important dates.

Who are checks made out to?

Checks are made out to the American Cancer Society.

When is money due?

You can turn in your money at any of our three bank nights (for more information see two questions below), as well as the night of the Relay. For participants who would like t-shirts, you must turn in your $100 and a t-shirt size at the second bank night.

When should I give a donor a receipt?

All donations to our Relay are tax deductible.  Ask your team captain for receipts if one is needed.  Receipts are not necessary with online or check donations unless requested because the online receipt or check stub is sufficient.  Receipts can be given for cash donations if the donor wishes to use the donation tax write-off, but they're not necessary.

What is Bank Night?

There will be three bank nights. The first will be in February, the second bank night will be in march, and the third will be in April. All donations collected up to each date are to be turned in. Money will still be collected the night of the Relay. We have bank nights to reduce the amount of money at the event. It is very important for all team captains or a team representative to attend!

What if I cannot make it to a meeting?

Send a teammate in your place. It is very important to attend the team captain meetings and especially bank night!

What is the Survivor Lap?

We will have a Survivor Lap at approximately 6:30 P.M. on Friday. All cancer survivors are welcome, from those who are now cancer-free to those who are undergoing treatment. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you are a survivor each and every day! Please talk to all survivors to let them know that the American Cancer Society and our UNI Relay participants would like to honor them at our ceremonies. For more information about walking in the Cancer Survivor's Victory Lap, click here.

What is the Luminaria Ceremony?

We will have a Luminaria ceremony at approximately 8:00pm on Friday. Each Luminaria is lit in honor of someone who survived cancer, for someone who is currently fighting cancer, or in memory of someone who has courageously lost the battle. Their names are prominently displayed on the bags. As the participants walk or run throughout the night, the Luminarias remind and inspire them that the fight against cancer is about real people in their community. The Luminaria Ceremony is a moving ceremony that pays great tribute to our friends and loved ones who have battled cancer.

Is the Luminary money kept separately, or added together with other money that has been raised?

The money is added all together.

How does our T-shirt fee work this year?

T-shirt money can be raised either online, or turned in as cash or check. We need to have the money before we can give you a t-shirt. As a captain, you need to make sure everyone has registered online and put their t-shirt size online by March 5th and they have to raise that money online or hand it in at the second bank night by that time so we know how many to order. If you raise the $100 after March 5th, there is a possibility you can still get a t-shirt, but we can not guarantee it.

 

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