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Released April 29, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS STUDENT HELPING PROMOTE RELAY FOR LIFE

HATTIESBURG -- Cancer survivor Cody Husband of Laurel remains committed to fighting the disease, even though he has been in remission for the last three years.

Husband, a pre-social work major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been active in promoting the upcoming Relay for Life at Southern Miss, which will be held Friday, April 30 - May 1 on Loyalty Field between McCarty Hall and the Southern Miss Sports Arena. The popular annual event is designed to raise funds for a cure for cancer and honor those who are fighting the disease or who have lost their lives to cancer.

"Our goal is to find a cure for cancer, and support those individuals and families who are dealing with the disease," said Husband, who developed ependymoma, a type of brain tumor, three years ago.

Now, Husband is an active part of the student leadership team developing and leading Relay for Life. He is one of three students concentrating on Survivorship and Cancer Awareness next week as part of a service-learning project at the university, and has also been very active in promoting the event, appearing on radio commercials in the Hattiesburg area to urge participation in the relay.

Fourteen students have been a part of the organizational effort at Southern Miss. Eight faculty and staff members have also assisted with planning and organizing the relay.

"I am continually struck by the number of people, young and old, who are affected by cancer and who come together to celebrate life and seek a cure for cancer," said Hunter Phillips of the Southern Miss Office of Community Service Learning. "The Southern Miss student team is composed of Lucky Day scholars and students directly affected by cancer, and (they) have acted from the heart to create a wonderfully successful effort for this special event. Seventy-five teams are registered for the Hattiesburg relay from both the university and the city community."

All cancer survivors are invited to a 5-6 p.m. reception held in their honor sponsored by the Student Nurses Association at Southern Miss. All survivors are then invited to take the first lap in the 12-hour relay. Luminaries can also be purchased to honor someone fighting cancer or in memory of someone who has lost their life to the disease.

For more information on this event, call the Southern Miss Office of Community Service Learning at (601) 266-5074.

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