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Relay for Life plans to raise thousands in 2013

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, January 25, 2013

Updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 13:01

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Amanda Reesman | The Parthenon

Marshall University students gathered in Corbly Hall Wednesday to discuss goals for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in April.  
The relay brought in $26,000 last year, and Terri Francis, community manager from ACS, said she hopes to see those numbers duplicated this year.

“Last year, Marshall went from a $9,000 event to a $26,000 event,” Francis said. “They won an award for the highest increases in the South Atlantic Division.”

The Relay for Life aims to raise money for cancer patients and research locally and nationally and Francis said 60% of the money stays within the community.

 “When people get involved, we raise more,” Francis said. “The money, that is raised, is important for the over 4,000 cancer patients served in the community.”

The event aims to get more people to sign up for the relay, which will take place at 9 p.m. April 19.

 “Tonight we hope to get a whole lot of people signed up,” Brianna Wayland, a senior marketing major, said. “We currently have 70.”

Wayland, the director for the relay, said her brother who died of leukemia at age 10, is the reason she participates in the relay. At the meeting, she asked everyone to write why they walk on notecards.

“Everyone is touched by cancer whether it be indirectly or directly,” Johannes Fahrmann, a biomedical researcher working on his Ph. D. in cancer nutrition, said.

Relay for Life of Marshall University will also be hosting a Zumba fundraiser Feb. 22.

“It’s so importent to not only raise awareness but to raise funds,” Fahrmann said, “Ultimately, we are trying to achieve a cure and we can’t do that without volunteers.”

For more information or to join the relay, you can go to the Relay for Life of Marshall University’s Facebook page.

Amanda Reesman can be reached at reesman@marshall.edu.

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