SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University’s top-ranked Relay For Life has raised more than $68,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS) so far this year—and fund-raising efforts continue through August.
More than 100 teams representing over 1,000 SU students, faculty, staff, families and community members signed up to participate in the annual Relay, held May 1-2 in Maggs Gym.
Opening ceremonies were immediately followed by a survivors’ lap led by SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach and Relay co-chair Ali Horkey. This year’s theme was “Cure-toons.”
For the past five years, SU’s Relay has been one of the top collegiate Relays nationwide. Last year, SU was named No. 3 in the country among institutions its size for per capita fundraising. Since 2002, the campus has raised more than $550,000 for the society.
SU has twice 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 CAC’s “Rookie of the Year” Relay chapter, and SU’s CAC chapter won a 2008 Outstanding Advocacy Award, one of only six honors given nationwide.
The ACS is a 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.
Online fundraising continues after the SU event. All proceeds benefit cancer research, education, patient services and advocacy programs.