Below is a press release written by Tom Flanagan of the American Cancer Society to celebrate NEU Relay for Life raising over $1million dollars for cancer research! NEU is walking to raise money for more birthdays this Friday so please consider visiting their page, reading about the event and donating to the cause!!
“The American Cancer Society today announced the Northeastern University has raised $1 million through the Society’s Relay For Life event, which has been held on campus since 2010. The Relay For Life program is a community-based event where teams and individuals set up campsites at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times. Cancer survivors and caregivers take a celebratory first lap to start each event. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide last year. The funds raised support groundbreaking cancer research, education and prevention programs, and critical services for people facing cancer. Northeastern’s accomplishment was boosted by a $5,000 donation from Norwell-based Clean Harbors.
“It’s an honor to work with the students and staff at Northeastern and to celebrate such a milestone,” said Cassie Greco, Relay For Life Community Event Manager, who noted
that since 2010, more than 10,000 people have participated in the Northeastern Relay, including 116 cancer survivors. “The school’s success is a direct result of the passion of the volunteer organizers, participants and donors and the tremendous support of sponsors like Clean Harbors. Unfortunately, that passion all too often comes from a painful personal encounter with cancer, so Relay is a way for all involved to fight back.”
The sixth annual Relay For Life of Northeastern University is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday at Matthews Arena. WCVB-TV, Mix 104.1 and Wicked Local are the 2015 media partners of Relay For Life.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. As the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we’re finding cures and ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit cancer.org or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.”