Upstate students on the move again to support ‘Relay for Life’

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Students in Upstate's Radiation Therapy program are preparing for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in the Carrier Dome April 4.

Next Friday promises to be another late night for college students, but some of them — including those in Upstate’s Radiation Therapy program — won’t be out partying or cramming for an exam.

Rather, the evening of April 4 is dedicated to the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life inside Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome.

Once again this year, Upstate’s Colleges Against Cancer chapter is participating. To support them or join them,  go to the Relay for Life website and enter “SUNY Upstate” in the “Search for a Team” field.

Upstate captain Lauren Peterson, a student in the Radiation Therapy program, said the team hopes to raise $1,000 for the American Cancer Society. But it’s not just about the money, she said.

“We really want to spread awareness and promote prevention,” Lauren said. “My classmates and I have all been affected by cancer in some way, so this is very important to us. This event is a great way for people to get involved and informed about cancer. The money raised helps current and future cancer patients during many aspects of their treatment as well as continuing research.”

The Relay includes a “survivors’ lap” devoted solely to those living with cancer. “This is a great way to honor them and realize that cancer affects many people,” Lauren said. “Through Relay For Life we hope to prevent cancer and raise money to help as many people as we can.”

In addition to a steady parade of participants walking lap after lap on the turf around the perimeter of the football field, Relay for Life offers fun activities. There’s plenty of music, games and food to help keep walkers moving from 6 p.m. April 4 into the early morning of Saturday April 5.

There’s also a way for local hockey fans to add to Upstate’s contribution to Relay for Life at tonight’s Syracuse Crunch home game. Call the Crunch’s Courtney Asher at (315) 473-4444 ext. 18 to purchase a ticket, and mention Syracuse University’s Relay For Life and the Upstate team. For each ticket, $6 will be donated to the cause.

If you purchase a ticket at the War Memorial before the game, print out the flyer on this form and take it to the box office.

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