Relay for Life raises thousands for cancer research

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More than 2,300 students, faculty and staff members gathered in the Fieldhouse April 12-13 for the 11th annual Relay For Life event at Grand Valley.

Sponsored by the student organization Colleges Against Cancer, the 12-hour event raised more than $83,000 by nearly 100 teams. The funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society for cancer research and to support programs.

Courtney Miller, an allied health sciences major and president of Colleges Against Cancer, said Relay for Life isn’t just an event, but an experience. “We wanted to make sure participants walked away knowing what ACS can do for them,” she said. “It was also important to provide an opportunity for student organizations to work hand-in-hand with us toward a common goal.”

Miller, from Bay City, led a team of more than 70 students who planned and organized the event. The group met every Wednesday night since fall to prepare for the event, and formed committees to help with different functions at the event.

For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/gvsumi.