April 6, 2015 • Anonymous
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Manhattanville students will honor those who have battled cancer during the first annual Relay For Life on April 11.
Stephanie Cambareri ’17, a member of the event’s organization committee, was inspired by the memory of three members of her family who battled cancer. “Cancer touches everyone's lives one way or another and this event provides the opportunity for students to raise money, spread awareness, and fight cancer alongside family, friends, faculty, and members of the community,” she said.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature and largest fundraising event. It is a 12-hour walk and it’s divided in different stages that symbolize the battle against Cancer- starting at night to remember the sadness felt when someone is diagnosed, moving on to the “luminaria ceremony” to honor the lives of those who lost their battle, and ending at dawn to symbolize hope.
Sophomore Jacqueline Kerner ’17, co-chair of the event’s organization committee, has taken part in Relay for Life since she was very young.
“The event that inspired me to be a part of Relay for Life since I was in elementary school was the loss of my father to carcinoid cancer and seeing my mom battle breast cancer. I was in elementary school and my sixth grade teacher, Mr. Caputo, asked me if I would share my story during the Luminaria Ceremony,” said Kerner. “I spoke at the Luminaria Ceremony and from that day on, the healing effect speaking at the Luminaria Ceremony gave me, I made a promise to myself that I would always support the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life so that someone else might be able to have that same healing effect.”
About 70 members of the Manhattanville community along with their friends and families have registered to participate in the event and have raised almost $6,500. The theme for this year’s Relay is “For a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
The funds raised will go to several campaigns led by the American Cancer Society including Hope Lodge, a community house that provides lodging for cancer patients who travel to get treatment, cancer research, and the Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to treatment centers for patients who can’t afford it.
The event will take place in the East Room of Benziger Hall on Manhattanville College’s campus, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York 10577. The event will start with the Survivor’s Dinner at 5:45 p.m., and end with the Closing Ceremony at 5:30 a.m. on April 12.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register or donate, visit this link: relayforlife.org/manhattanvillecollegeny.
This article was written by Valeria Ricciulli-Marin '15.
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