Students, staff and faculty at Penn State Worthington Scranton have partnered with the American Cancer Society for a very important fundraiser.
On May 2-3, Penn State Worthington Scranton will host the 24-hour Relay for Life on the campus to raise money for the American Cancer Society and cancer research. And, they are still seeking participants to walk, as well as looking to members of the campus and the local community it serves, for donations and pledges.
The Worthington Scranton group has set a goal of $36,000. Since the kick-off for the event on March 4, it has raised $3,100 in donations.
In picture at right, Student Government Association president Jason Chilipko, presents Relay for Life Committee co-chair Phil Andujar, with a check for $3,000. The additional $100 came from an anonymous donor. "A man just walked up to me, heard about what we were doing and just handed me $100 for our cause," stated Andujar, during the kick-off rally. "That's the kind of support we need and are looking for!"
Since then, the committee, and those who have already volunteered to either participate in the Relay or are working to secure pledges, have been busy enlisting students, staff, faculty and their friends and family to take part in the event or to make a donation.
So far, there are eight teams, with a total of 41 participants - but Mr. Andujar says more teams, volunteers and donors are still needed if the group is to raise the $36,000 goal they have set for themselves.
The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event and is held across the country each year by the American Cancer Society. It is a fun-filled, overnight experience designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer, either personally, or through friends and family who have been stricken with the disease.
It is a way for participants to celebrate survivors, remember those lost to cancer, and to fight back against the disease. Relay participants help raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society's cause in its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue.
Anyone interested in participating in the event, or interested in making a donation to the cause, is encouraged to do so as soon as possible, as the event is only a couple of weeks away.