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05-13-2016

Annual Relay for Life Event at Clarkson University Has Record Year

The Colleges Against Cancer student club at Clarkson University celebrated a record year this spring with the most participants and money raised at their annual 12-hour event.

Relay for LifeA total of 826 people gathered at the Andrew M. Schuler Recreation Building, and at least one member from each Relay for Life team walked around the track all night to demonstrate their ongoing support in the fight against cancer.

Participants also lit glow sticks in honor of those who have been affected by cancer, to illustrate how the disease has touched everyone's lives. Civil engineering student Courtney Antholzner '18, chair of the Relay for Life event, said the evening is a fun but meaningful way to raise awareness for cancer research.

"This event is to show that we're continually working toward the cure for cancer and we can't stop no matter what," said Antholzner, who will be the president of Clarkson's Colleges Against Cancer student club in the fall. "We're all here to support each other in the fight against cancer."

The student club raised more than $44,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community. Each year, Relay For Life events unites thousands of communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Rallying the passion of more than four million people around the world, funds help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, educate people about how to reduce their risk for cancer or detect it early when it’s the easiest to treat, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University students walk around the track at the Andrew M. Schuler Recreation Building to show their support for the fight against cancer at the annual Relay for Life event.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/relay-2016.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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