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Relay for Life Unites LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn, Raises Over $90,000 for American Cancer Society

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Joining together under the banner of the LIU Cares initiative, students from LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn joined teamed up on April 21 and 22 to raise more than $90,000 for the American Cancer Society at LIU’s Relay for Life, held simultaneously in Pratt Recreation Center at LIU Post and the Steinberg Wellness Center at LIU Brooklyn. More than 900 students across the University participated in LIU Post’s fourth Relay for Life and LIU Brooklyn’s second annual event.

“Growing up I was taught to make a difference in someone’s life,” said LIU Brooklyn student Alyssia Ferrol, “no matter how small or big it may be. I’ve lost three people in my life to cancer, and at times, it made me feel helpless, so I decided to join the fight for a good cause and try to help all those who can still be helped.” 

“Working with Relay for Life gave me the opportunity to make an impact on many people and make a difference,” said LIU Brooklyn senior Alexis Rodney. “In life, we make decisions on how we can better ourselves or inspire others to be better.”

The Relay for Life events on the Post and Brooklyn campuses were the culmination of months of preparation. Smaller events, including eating competitions and a “dunk tank” featuring members of the Brooklyn campus life staff, helped attract donations in advance of the Relay itself. 

“What makes LIU’s Relay for Life so successful is all the people in this community that come together and take the night to be a part of the fight,” said LIU Post student Heidi Titko, a member of the committee that organized the Post portion of the event. “Giving back not only brings us all together; it gives us hope that one day we will all live in a world where no one has to hear the words, ‘You have cancer.’”

LIU students perform more than 100,000 hours of philanthropic and community service work across the University each year, and the University is regularly named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Posted 06/05/2017

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