Wayne State's inaugural Relay for Life event set for April 14

April 6, 2017

Join Wayne State University in remembering lost loved ones, raising awareness and honoring cancer survivors during its inaugural Relay for Life fundraising event on Friday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Relay for Life — the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event — brings together more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries to make a global impact on cancer. WSU’s Relay for Life was organized by a committee of 14 students led by Yash Majalikar and Keetu Palani, both juniors majoring in biomedical engineering.

“Relay for Life is a cause that everyone can get behind,” said Majalikar, who became active with the cause as a high school student. “No matter your background, there’s a meaningful way to get involved. It made sense to bring this event to Wayne State because ours is a campus that cares.”

All members of the campus community are invited to participate in the event, either individually or in teams. The event will celebrate the theme “Cancer Has No Borders.” WSU’s Relay for Life will kick off with a lap recognizing cancer survivors and caregivers, and will include a luminaria ceremony in honor of lost loved ones. 

Participants are also invited to enjoy desserts and food from around the world, a caricature artist, a photo booth, and other fun activities.

“Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some capacity,” said Palani. “This event brings people together and offers hope, comfort and solidarity while supporting a cure.”

To learn more, contact the WSU Relay for Life committee at or find them on Facebook. To register or donate, visit