LIU Post Held First-Ever Relay for Life Event
Event raised more than $50,000 for cancer research
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
More than 500 students, plus faculty and staff, participated in LIU Post’s first-ever Relay for Life event on Friday, April 25, to raise money for cancer research and patients, as well as spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer. It was a 12-hour, overnight event, which resulted in $50,304 in donations for cancer research and patient—double the expected goal.
The event started with an opening ceremony that included a reflection from an alumnus cancer survivor and a student caregiver, a ceremonious survivor lap, and a community lap. Held at the Pratt Recreation Center, the night was filled with food, games, and activities for participants.
“I am so proud of everyone. The turnout was bigger than expected,” said Adrian Almonte, senior LIU post student and co-chair of the Relay for Life committee. “I couldn’t be happier that the hard work we put in planning for the event has finally paid off.”
Melanie Wagner, junior student at LIU Post and Relay for Life co-chair, said, “I couldn’t be happier to see the LIU Post community come together to fight against cancer. My peers put so much hard work into a great cause.”
LIU Post is looking forward to hosting its second annual Relay for Life event in 2015. The committee will meet within the next week to begin drawing up plans for the 2014-2015 campaign and the community will start seeing programs and fundraising commence in the early fall semester. “We are extremely pleased with how the event turned out. It was a great success and we are energized to have even more people attend, and raise more funds next year!” said Michael Berthel, associate director, Office of Student Life and Leadership Development at LIU Post.
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