Students Raise $50,000 At Relay for Life

April 16th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

The Oneonta Dragon and the Hartwick Hawk

Students from SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College teamed up to raise $50,000 for the American Cancer Society during a Relay for Life event April 12-13, and donations are still coming in.

“I am so happy to be part of a school that will go the extra mile to raise money for such a great cause,” said Joshua Thomas, vice president of SUNY Oneonta’s College Against Cancer Club. “It was so much fun and I’m glad to have been a part in the fight against cancer.”

More than 1,300 students camped out all night in SUNY Oneonta’s Alumni Fieldhouse, with team members taking turns walking laps around the gym from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. . The annual event was organized by the Colleges Against Cancer student groups at the two colleges with support from SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community.

In preparation for the event, students organized fundraisers, and some teams held fundraising activities at the Relay. Participants celebrated cancer survivors during a Survivor’s Lap and honored loved ones who lost the fight during a luminaria ceremony.

Throughout the night, walkers were entertained with live music by five student ensembles. Other activities included a lip-synch contest, Zumba, a “Miss Relay” contest, yoga, a bra-flinging contest, cupcake wars and a mummy contest.

More information about Relay for Life is available from Linda Drake at (607) 436-2633 or