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Iona Students Raise Over $62,000 for American Cancer Society

New Rochelle, NY (April 23, 2015) Iona students raised over $62,000 for the American Cancer Society at the Annual Relay for Life event at Iona College on Saturday, April 18. The student group “Colleges Against Cancer of Iona College” is a college chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Relay for Life is a program sponsored by the Office of Student Development with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.
The event, coordinated by a committee of students and led by Caitlin King ’15, Gina Tomaj ’16 and Shelbey Roy ’16, ended a successful three month fundraising effort.  The twelve-hour walkathon, filled with celebration and remembrance, raised a total of $62,149, almost double last year’s fund raising efforts.
Nearly 500 participants registered for the event. Fundraising was conducted by teams through a variety of student clubs, organizations and teams. There were 37 teams total that worked to raise the $62k. 
“Being a part of Relay for Life reminds me of why I am always so proud to be a member of the Iona College Community,” said King.  “It is a privilege to come together to celebrate the cancer survivors in our lives, and remember with respect loved ones lost to cancer.”
The money raised will allow The American Cancer Society to fund lifesaving research, and provide services to help cancer patients get healthy and stay healthy.
“I hope Relay for Life will continue to inspire Iona students to support one another and fight the good fight against cancer,” said King.
One team leader, sophomore, Cassandra Alfveby raised $1,156 with her sorority sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma. Read about her personal story here.
The objective of Relay for Life is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, as well as spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
About Relay for Life
At Relay for Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against cancer just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year! Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer. The relay web page is:
About Iona College
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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