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April 20, 2012
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Colleges Against Cancer members share knowledge at Relay for Life

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — For the third time, members of the Upstate Medical University Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) participated in the 2012 Syracuse University American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Carrier Dome on April 14. Overall, this event raised more than $148,000 for various patient programs managed by the American Cancer Society.

The Upstate team consisted primarily of students, but also included faculty and staff members. Students walked in the relay and hosted several information tables related to cancer prevention. They educated attendees on topics like sun exposure and the importance of early detection through breast and testicular self-examinations. Also during the event, second-year radiation therapy student Renee Gardner led two Zumba sessions.

The CAC is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society. CAC has four Strategic Directions: Advocacy, Cancer Education, Relay For Life and Survivorship. Upstate’s chapter was founded in 2010 and is currently co-chaired by two College of Health Professions radiation therapy students, Daniel Zachary and Joseph Pagano. Chapter membership is open to students from all four colleges.

Relay for Life events take place nationwide. The overnight relay invites teams to camp out around a track and take turns walking laps for the duration of the event. The teams raise funds through donations and activities prior to the relay, such as bake sales and fundraising drives.

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