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Relay for Life planned April 13-14

By : Nicole Borawski

The Events Center will again play host to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This year’s event will run from 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, to 7 a.m. Saturday, April 14.

Last year, nearly 2,000 participants honored cancer survivors and remembered those lost to the disease while raising $94,000. This year, the goal is to raise $115,000. So far, 110 teams are signed up.

“If each team recruits 10 members and each of those members raise $100, that means each team will have raised $1,000,” said Jenna Sykoff, co-chair for the event. “If each team can reach this goal of $1,000, we can really make a difference.”

This year’s relay will be dedicated to Professor John Arthur, who died in January from lung cancer. “We are adding a special dedication to John to honor his life and unyielding dedication to his work and students at Binghamton,” Sykoff said.

Relay for Life began at the University three years ago when Aaron Moriarty, then a senior, participated in a relay in Delhi and thought it would be a great idea to bring it to his own campus.

Hiliary Humble, cancer society liaison for the Southern Tier, said more than 300 college campuses nationwide hold relays.

Chris Harnick, publicity co-chair, said many residential communities have already organized fundraisers. Newing College held a “Pie your RA” activity and Mountainview held a date auction, Harnick said.

The relay committee at Binghamton has targeted the community, student groups and athletic teams with its slogan, “Wanna Spend the Night With Me.”

The relay will begin by celebrating cancer survivors. At 10 p.m., there will be a luminaria ceremony with lights surrounding the track and a capella groups including the Crosbys, Rhythm Method and the Tonics performing. Student bands Sinister Yu and Party Edition will play. International Flag Dancers, Tap That and the Kickline will be a part of the entertainment.

“One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer, which means that unfortunately you or someone that you know will be affected by this disease,” Sykoff said. “It may be difficult for one person to make a difference in fighting cancer, but Relay For Life is something we can do on a small scale to contribute to cancer care, research and advocacy. Together we really can save lives.”

How to Help
To get involved or donate, Volunteers for the
event are still needed. To get involved, contact Jenna Sykoff or Jacqui Tomo
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Last Updated: 10/14/08