For immediate release: April 18, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - The Galveston Relay for Life is looking for walkers to raise funds for cancer research. The relay is scheduled for April 27-28 at Moody Gardens.

Sponsored in part by the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the relay is an opportunity for Galveston community members to recognize cancer survivors and remember loved ones while raising funds to support cancer research and prevention measures.

During the relay, teams of walkers will take turns walking from dusk to dawn on the track at Moody Gardens. A relay team consists of eight or more participants, including friends, family members and co-workers. Each walker is asked to raise at least $100.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately half of American men and a third of American women will develop some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. It is estimated that 70,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year in Texas alone.

A cancer society report released two years ago showed that cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in people under the age of 85 in the United States.

However, rates of death due to both cancer and heart disease are falling, thanks to prevention and research.

Researchers at UTMB's Comprehensive Cancer Center and Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology facilitate the translation of novel research findings into clinical applications for the improved treatment, diagnosis and prevention of cancer.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature activity to raise funds to fight cancer. It unites millions of people in thousands of communities nationwide each year to save lives and diminish suffering from the disease.

To join or to create a relay team, or for more information, please contact Christy Taylor at (409)266-9433, or Lisa Velasquez at (409) 747-2464 or ACS staff partner, Danielle Soria-Orozco (713) 706-5632. More information is available at
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Public Affairs Office
301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102
Galveston, Texas 77555-0144