The Student Alumni Association (SAA) at The University of Texas-Pan American is hosting the Rock Out Cancer Marathon Saturday, Oct. 25 at the UTPA track and field from 6 p.m.-midnight to increase awareness of the disease on campus during National Cancer Awareness Month.
"The intention of hosting this event is to start new traditions that will continue to spread cancer awareness across UTPA and the community for many years to follow," John Tamez, SAA president, said. "The SAA will take an initiative to increase awareness for one of societies most common and life affecting diseases - cancer. This event is very dear to my heart because I am currently battling cancer and I know that there are many others in this struggle. This marathon will definitely help everyone."
Every individual and group participant will be charged $20 per hour and will have the opportunity to participate for six hours. A $10 entry fee will be charged for non-marathon participants. Also joining the festivities will be five cancer awareness groups and foundations sharing information and literature. Cancer survivors will be honored with a special T-shirt and free food at the center of the field. The SAA will be selling sausage dogs and refreshments for all other participants.
Six local rock bands will entertain the participants and audience. There will also be a tent decorating contest for individuals who desire to camp out around the track and prizes will be given. At 8 p.m., the SAA will honor friends and family members who have died of cancer by lighting the word "hope" by candlelight on the field.
The SAA is a newly created student organization at UTPA, armed with dynamic student members, which seeks to bring old traditions back to the University while creating new traditions that will be cemented with the student population.
The deadline for pre-registration is Oct. 20, but all participants who do not pre-register are still encouraged to attend. Donations are also appreciated. All individuals and groups who are interested in pre-registering and committing to the marathon are encouraged to call Tamez at 956/289-3816.