Some 95 teams representing over 1,300 students, faculty, staff, families and community members participated in Salisbury University's 2012 Relay For Life. President Janet Dudley-Eshbach joined student co-chairs Maggie Sullivan and Casey Gaul for opening ceremonies.
Dudley-Eshbach spoke about her brother, who died of cancer. Guest speakers included Maryland Senators Richard Colburn, a cancer survivor, and Jim Mathias, who celebrated the memory of his wife, Kathy, who bravely fought breast cancer for years. Delmarva Public Radio Interim General Manager Mike Dunn also recalled caring for his mother when she was stricken with cancer.
"By being here tonight, in the fight against cancer, you are making sure the people you love, your family and friends, will be here tomorrow," Mathias told the crowd, adding for the survivors: "I thank you for being here. I thank you for your courage."
By the next morning, supporters had raised more than $80,000 for the American Cancer Society, pushing SU's all-time total toward $900,000.
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