Alfred State College’s first-ever Relay For Life, an overnight fundraiser to support cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services held annually in communities nationwide, was deemed a rousing success by Ashley Kehoe, ASC’s director of civic engagement and student leadership programs .
“Over 200 participants, forming 20 teams comprised of students, faculty and staff members, and community participants, collected $10,114.99 from their sponsors for cancer research,” said Kehoe.
“The inaugural ASC Relay was organized by a student committee with support from staff representatives in Student Life, Athletics , and Technology Services. The nine recognized fraternities and sororities at ASC  also played a significant role in the success of the event by serving on the planning committee, forming teams, raising funds, and walking the track all night long,” added Kehoe.
Other events throughout the night included a kick-off lap to honor local cancer survivors, a “Miss” Relay beauty contest for male participants that raised over $200, a candlelit luminary ceremony to remember those lost to cancer and to celebrate survivors, and an hour-long dance marathon.
Amber Alvarenga, King’s Park, a liberal arts and sciences: social science major , a sister of Pi Nu Epsilon sorority, and member of the Relay planning committee, shaved her head during the event as a demonstration of support for what cancer patients experience on a daily basis.
Kehoe noted: “Our success is an example of what happens when students come together around a common cause and fight for something they believe in. Everyone knows someone who is affected by cancer, and this was our students’ way of channeling their passion into action to fight a disease that affects us all on some level. I am extremely proud of our students for the leadership they demonstrated in organizing our inaugural event, and am looking forward to seeing what our community can do next year to top these efforts!”