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Cumberlands Relay for Life becomes official American Cancer Society Relay For Life event


Williamsburg, Ky. – Recently, University of the Cumberlands (UC) was informed by the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Mid-South Division Collegiate Chair, Brandon Touchet, that the institution’s Relay For Life in March 2013 will now be considered its own Relay event and no longer a “mini relay.”

“I am very humbled and honored by the decision to upgrade our Relay For Life,” said UC Relay Chair Agnes Brown Oliphant. “I have worked very hard to make this event fun and memorable while keeping the main focus on coming together to fight this deadly disease of cancer.”

Over the last two years, Cumberlands Relay was part of the Whitley County Relay For Life. However, after a strong showing during this time, the collegiate division felt that UC had the resources and people to host their own event.

“I was thrilled when the decision was made to make UC’s Relay its own official event,” said Brooke Cary, community representative for the ACS. “The administration, faculty and students have made this event amazing and those within the American Cancer Society have taken notice. None of this could have happened without the leadership of Agnes Brown-Oliphant who took a chance on doing a mini relay event on campus in 2011.”

When reflecting back on the last couple of years Agnes said, “I have been amazed the past two years by the enthusiasm of the University community to come together for one common cause. The amount of money that has been raised is phenomenal when one thinks of the fact that our basic community is made of students who do not have jobs and are relying on donations to fund their team.”

Agnes will be traveling to Nashville, Tenn. in September to represent Cumberlands at the American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division Relay For Life Summit. “I look forward to embarking on this new phase beginning with attending the Mid-South Division Relay For Life Summit in Nashville in September. I hope to come back with new and exciting information to relay back to the University and surrounding community. I am excited to begin the journey leading to the 2013 Relay For Life event being held in the O Wayne. Rollins Center on March 22nd at 6:00 p.m.”

For more information about University of the Cumberlands Relay For life event you can contact Chair Agnes Brown-Oliphant at

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.