Relay for Life Raises $28,000 for American Cancer Society

Relay for Life organizersSaint Mary's first Relay for Life was an overwhelming success, raising more than $28,000 for the American Cancer Society.

More than 200 members of the SMC community participanted, and 100 percent of the the money raised will go to cancer research, advocacy and education. The Glee Club also performed and raised $2,000 and Sodexo catered the event for free.

The Saint Mary's teams raised money for the event and then participated in the rally from 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The event also included a Survivors Lap on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and a Luminaria Ceremony at 9 pm.

"We are looking forward to doing it again next year and making it bigger and better and getting even more of the community involved," said Jenni Johnston '13, the Relay for Life event chair.

Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, it has grown into the world’s largest movement to end the disease.