‘Cancer is bigger than just one person’

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Rider University’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held Saturday, April 20 on the Campus Mall from 3-9:30 p.m. Organizers hope to raise $35,000 for the charity. 

The event is open to Rider students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and the general public, and offers an opportunity for the community to come together to honor loved ones lost to cancer while raising money to fight against the disease. It is the largest entirely student-run event at Rider. 

This year the theme of the event is Hollywood. Participants will complete laps around the Campus Mall with at least one member of each team walking at all times. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register at https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=107717

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“Cancer is bigger than just one person. Cancer is a shared human experience,” says senior Alex Long, campus president of Relay for Life. “Every single person has known someone who has been afflicted with the disease. Relay For Life grants a special opportunity for communities around the world to realize this and come together to eliminate it, turning one person into many.”

Funds raised support research, access to lifesaving screenings, support for cancer patients and more. Donations to sponsor laps are now being accepted.     

Rider has hosted the event since 2009, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help eliminate cancer.  Other activities on campus leading up to this year’s walk have included a trivia night, a dodgeball tournament, and a paint and sip night.  

For more information or to get involved at Rider’s Relay for Life event, please contact RelayForLife@rider.edu. In case of rain, the event will be held the following day inside the Student Recreation Center from 4:30-10 p.m. 

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