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Mansfield -- The Mansfield University Colleges Against Cancer student organization will host a virtual Relay for Life on Friday, April 17 to raise funds for cancer research. The Relay for Life usually takes place each year at the Kelchner Fitness Center on campus, but has been moved to a virtual event for 2020 due to COVID-19.

"We never anticipated a situation like this but are beyond grateful that we could have the show go on despite the setback," explained senior Chelsea Thomas, event chair of MU Relay for Life. "We hope everyone enjoys this uniquely amazing experience."

Participants of the virtual relay are asked to select one hour on Friday, April 17 to walk in support of the event. The walk can be done on a treadmill or outside on a trail or sidewalk while maintaining appropriate social distancing practices. Event organizers are encouraging relay walkers to post on social media with the hashtags #StilliWalk and #MansfieldVirtualRelay to show support for the cause.

The public can follow along with the virtual relay on the Mansfield University Relay for Life Instagram page @mu_relay4life.

Donations to the Mansfield University Virtual Relay for Life can be made here.

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