UC to Host Third Annual Relay for Life

UC to Host Third Annual Relay for Life

College Community to Take on Fight Against Cancer in Overnight Event

Utica College will host its third annual Relay For Life event in the Thomas H. Clark Jr. Athletic Center beginning on Saturday, April 8 at 6 p.m. and continuing until 6 a.m. on April 9.

Students in UC’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) are planning the event again this year and continue to be driven by the popular relay mantra, “Cancer doesn’t sleep, so neither will we.”

This year’s Disney-themed relay will consist of everything from Disney trivia to teams taking on entire sub-themes like Frozen, Monsters Inc. and The Little Mermaid. Several speakers will share their experiences with cancer and explain why they are so devoted to this cause prior to the luminaria, fight back and glow stick ceremonies.

So far, the more than 280 registered participants have raised close to $15,000 and hope to reach their goal of $50,000 by the end of relay.

“I think that everyone has a little bit of ‘I want to change the world’ in them,” said Taylor Raga, president of CAC.  “It's easy to think that you're just one person but this event and this cause is bigger than me, bigger than us, and everyone participating is making a real difference.”

UC’s chapter of CAC was established in October 2014 and is part of a nationwide collaboration of students working with the American Cancer Society to bring their communities together and help finish the fight against cancer.

In the last two years, the organization has raised more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society, which goes toward cancer research, education and advocacy as well as providing cancer patients with transportation to treatments, overnight lodging and wigs. This year, UC’s CAC organization hopes to top that.  

The UC Community is invited and encouraged to attend UC’s Relay event. To join the fight or make a donation, visit relayforlife.org/uticacollegeNY. Although participants are encouraged to pre-register, registration will also take place from 4 to 11 p.m. the day of the event.

For more information about Relay For Life at UC, contact Raga at tmraga@utica.edu.

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