Relay for Life 2019 – Carnival for a Cure, Step Right Up to Knock Cancer Down


The Natchitoches Parish Relay for Life event has grown so much over the years and it’s all thanks to sponsors and volunteers in the community fighting back against cancer. Each year, up to 50 tent sites circle the Tailgating Field at NSU and several gather to play games and enjoy live entertainment and food.

Relay for Life is a team fundraising event where members take turn walking around the field. This year, it will be Friday, April 26 from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. at the NSU Tailgating Field. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither will participants.

Each team will have a themed campsite and will continue fundraising efforts by collecting food, goods, games and have activities for participants. Money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal.

Also this year, they will roll out the circus tents and set up carnival themed games for the theme “Carnival for a Cure!” Any family, school, church and business teams that want to sign up, visit or come by the next team meeting, set for Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 in the President’s Room in NSU’s Student Union.

For more information, visit, contact event lead Brenda McCain at or 652-0833 or ACS staff Danielle Cobb at or 663-4489.

Three ways to get involved:

•Form a team by signing up, recruit team members and come out to the Relay for Life event

•Sponsor the event from a variety of levels

•Join the committee that makes Relay for Life possible!

Upcoming meeting dates:

Jan. 24 at NSU Student Union – President’s Room

Feb. 28 at NSU Student Union – President’s Room

March 28 at NSU Student Union – President’s Room

April 22 is Bank Night from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with BOM

259 services were provided to patients through programs in 2017 in Natchitoches Parish, saving patients and families an estimated $22,560.