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So Sweet! Relay for Life Raises $20K in 16th Year

April 9, 2018

Twelve hours and countless laps equaled a $20,000 fundraising feat for the 16th annual Relay for Life at St. John Fisher College. Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer (CAC), the 12-hour walkathon supports the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, and this year, students busted their fundraising goal while honoring those who have been touched by cancer.

The Colleges Against Cancer Relay for Life planning committee.

Yilmaz Ates ’18, president of CAC, credits the work of the Relay team, along with more than 20 student groups who hosted games and activities during the event, for their success this year.

“I had an amazing team of executive board members and chairs. They worked extremely hard and there is no way that we could have raised the amount we did without their diligence and dedication,” he said.

During the event, which had a Sweet 16 birthday theme, attendees enjoyed a host of food and activities, in addition to the ceremonies, speeches, and laps in honor of those who are fighting or have lost the fight to cancer.

“I was extremely humbled to lead such a powerful and meaningful event, it was truly touching for many,” Ates said of the event. “The speakers that we had were phenomenal and captured what the event really means with the ceremonies Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back.”

A student paints a party hat at Relay for Life.
Students walk laps during Relay for Life.
Fisher students play life-sized Jenga during Relay for Life.
Two Fisher students hold up four hand-made luminaria bags at the 16th annual Relay for Life.