The fourth annual Capital University Relay For Life will step off at noon on March 24 and promises nearly 24 hours of activities.

The fourth annual Capital University Relay For Life will step off at noon on March 24 and promises nearly 24 hours of activities.

Benefiting the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life is held at thousands of locations nationwide each spring.

Students at Capital University have been organizing the all-night relay and its associated events for the last four years.

Carrie Moenter, a junior integrated math education major, is co-chairing this year's Relay For Life.

"I do Relay because my aunt and my grandma are survivors of cancer," Moenter said.

This year, Capital students are aiming to raise $14,000 by the time the Relay is over, Moenter said. So far, the school is nearly halfway to its goal, with Relay participants raising more than $6,000 leading up to the event.

As part of the pre-Relay festivities, students raised money during Breast Cancer awareness month in October by selling pink T-shirts with the slogan "WTF" on the front, and "Winning The Fight" on the back.

The "WTF" is a play on a popular slang term and netted Capital's Relay For Life an additional $1,000, Moenter said.

Some faculty and staff members who are cancer survivors will be honored during the event's opening ceremony, which includes a survivor's lap around the track.

Each of the Relay For Life teams were asked to organize around a popular movie for their theme. For example, Moenter's team is using Harry Potter as its inspiration and will be selling "butter beer" to raise money during the event.

In addition to each team's fundraising activities, there will be a raffle for prizes that include an iPod Touch and tickets to various sporting events.

While college students are no strangers to all-nighters, Moenter said it's worth losing sleep to participate in Relay For Life.

"Last year I didn't sleep at all," she said. "I just stayed up all night and it got pretty crazy because I was the accounting chair. I was a math major and by the end of the night, I could barely add 3 plus 4 - but it was worth it."

The Capital Relay For Life ends at 6 a.m. on March 25. It will be held at the Capital Center Field House on campus.

Community members are invited to participate in Relay events; donations will be accepted until the last lap.

More information is available online at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=40117.