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Second annual Relay For Life raises over $88,000

Ross Wasserstrom

Issue date: 4/24/09 Section: News
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More than 1,000 members of the Case and surrounding communities walked for over 18 hours to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Media Credit: Ross Wasserstrom
More than 1,000 members of the Case and surrounding communities walked for over 18 hours to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

For 18 straight hours last Friday night, more than 1,000 members of Case Western Reserve University and the surrounding community came together to fight cancer. Students, faculty, alumni, and friends walked in Relay For Life to fight against the second leading killer in America from 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday, and rose over $88,000 in the process.

As the "flagship" fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life took place in 5000 communities around the world simultaneously. Participants formed teams, designated captains, and set fundraising target as individuals and teams. Teams were then asked to have at least one member walking at all times during the relay. Every Relay For Life runs overnight to remind participants that "cancer never sleeps." Each event is organized by a committee; on Case's campus, the committee included alumni and graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to relaying, Relay For Life accepts donations by selling luminarias, which represent those who have died from cancer as well as to honor those who are still battling with cancer.

Case's all-volunteer Relay For Life committee, in its second year, set 2009's fundraising goal at $80,000 after doubling their target of $30,000 last year. "This event is the largest fundraiser on campus, and is even more successful this year than last," said Alex Hamberger, event chairman for Case's Relay For Life. "Last year, we already had $37,000 on the morning of the Relay, and raised twice our target. This year, we have already raised $70,000 on the morning of the event, and will certainly raise more during the Relay." By the end of the Relay, the event had raised $88,206.23.

"What is equally as important as the money raised, though, is the awareness generated by such an event," Hamberger continued. "Having more than 1000 people participate shows the level of support and commitment from the Case community…to fighting cancer and supporting patients. We are very pleased with the turnout."
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