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College Raises Record Funds for American Cancer Society

May 01, 2014

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Students dance during Relay for LifeThe Saint Anselm College community collectively raised more than $60,000 for the American Cancer Society at this year's seventh annual Sr. Pauline Lucier Relay for Life.

On March 28, more than 650 students, faculty and staff members gathered in the Carr Center for the all-night walk-a-thon from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Sat., March 29, to honor cancer survivors and raise funds for cancer research and supportive services.

More than 50 college teams participated in this year's walk. Events every hour throughout the night included live music performances, tug-of-war, emotional speeches, and hair donation through Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program to benefit women battling cancer.

Grand marshal Kelly Culhane, who works in the Office of the Dean of the College, led a "survivor's lap" around the Carr Center. Later in the evening, walkers made their way around the facility by the flickering light of luminaria bags, each bag honoring a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.

Before the first lap was completed, more than $50,000 had already been donated.

In thanking community members for their participation, Andrew Litz, associate dean of students, said, "In memory of Sr. Pauline Lucier, we honored Kelly Culhane, a survivor of cancer, by having her serve as this year's grand marshal; we took to heart the lessons shared by our featured speakers - Emily Donovan and Abbot Matthew; we witnessed the strength of team fundraising from perennial powerhouses; we increased event participants to 842 walkers and the number of teams to 52; and most of all, we shared the experience of coming together as one community for a great cause."

The college's Relay for Life is named in honor of Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C., a former college staff member who passed away from cancer in May 2009.

The event is planned by college service societies including the Red Keys, King Edwards, Koinonia, Saint Elizabeth Seton, and Alpha Phi Omega (APO). Senior Brittany Barrett and junior Rachel McCann chaired the event planning and were instrumental in the fundraising effort.

In 2013, the event raised more than $50,000.

Photos: Relay for Life 2014