A former Olympian will help start an all-night fundraiser in River Forest on April 23 during which participants hope to collect $25,000 for the American Cancer Society. Aaron Parchem, a figure skater who competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics, will bring his mother, a survivor of breast cancer, to the Concordia campus for the Relay for Life. According to a spokesperson for the university, Parchem will participate in the opening ceremonies.

Relay for Life began in 1986 across the country. At Concordia this year, students from nearby Dominican University will also take part. Teams of relay walkers will take turns circling the track at Concordia, raising money through various sponsors. Traditionally, the evening begins with a candle-lit procession and cancer survivors taking the first lap.

Concordia University is also hosting various fundraisers including a bake sale, rummage sale and pie tossing contest in which students and faculty will pummel one another with the baked goods. That event is Wednesday, April 21 at 1 p.m.

For more information on Relay for Life, or to make a donation, contact Bethany Hein at 708-209-3555.

– Josh Adams

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