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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

SU Relay For Life Scheduled May 2-3

SALISBURY, MD---For the past four years, Salisbury University’s Relay For Life has been named one of the top collegiate Relays in the nation, and organizers are gearing up for another highly successful event in May.

Opening ceremonies for the American Cancer Society’s signature fund-raiser begin 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, at SU’s Intramural Fields, immediately followed by a survivors’ lap. Closing ceremonies are 6 a.m. Saturday, May 3. This year’s theme is “The Movies.”

Nearly 100 teams of SU students, faculty and staff are participating along with families and community groups. In all, more than 800 have signed up so far, and more than $37,000 has already been pledged. All proceeds benefit cancer research, education, patient services and advocacy programs.

Last year, SU’s Relay raised some $101,000 for the society, marking the third year contributions topped $100,000. SU has been named one of only 20 “Leaders of Hope” by Colleges Against Cancer, an American Cancer Society program that unites college students, faculty and staff from more than 300 campuses in the fight against cancer. SU also was named Colleges Against Cancer’s “Rookie of the Year” Relay chapter. In all, the University has raised more than $400,000 for cancer research in the past six years.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through efforts such as Relay For Life, which in the past 20 years has spread to more than 4,500 U.S. communities and 12 foreign countries.

For more information on this year’s Relay, contact chairs Justin McJilton and Maria Jensen at Relay4Life@salisbury.edu.


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