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Campus & Community - Health

At Relay for Life, Drexel Students to Walk for a Cancer Cure

By: Ben Seal

April 18, 2017

A cupcake display at last year's Relay for Life event on campus.

A cupcake display at last year's Relay for Life event at Drexel.

This May, the annual Relay for Life will be back on Drexel University’s campus as students circle the Armory’s track for hours in an effort to raise money to fight cancer. The six-hour relay on May 6 is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and all proceeds from the event will go toward the battle against cancer.

Last year’s Relay for Life event on campus raised $17,800 and featured 230 participants, so there are high bars to cross to make this year’s version even better. Students can sign up now to participate and form teams.

Beginning at noon on May 6, teams will have one member walking the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Each team at the event will have a themed table and continue its fundraising efforts by collecting donations of food, goods, games and more. The donations will count toward each team’s individual fundraising goal.

The relay will feature special events and activities for participants, survivors and their caregivers to connect with each other and recognize the strong support system available to them, according to Alyssa Schuetz, a junior design and merchandising student involved with organizing the relay.

“Our hope is for friendships to form, awareness to be spread on the prevention and detection of cancer and for our college campus to become more aware of what the American Cancer Society is doing to help us stay well, get well and find cures,” said Schuetz.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

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