The sixth annual Relay event celebrated “Cancer Superheroes”
More than 1,100 members of the Rensselaer community, along with family and friends, took part in the sixth annual Relay For Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The overnight event was held on the ’86 Field April 29-30; this year’s theme was “Superheroes.”
“Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser,” said Chelsey Hochmuth, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering. She also serves as this year’s Relay For Life chair. “It’s a life-changing experience. At Relay, every person in the community has the chance to celebrate, remember, and fight back as a way to show their support for family members or friends who have had to face the disease. This is a wonderful way to show support for a worthy cause.”
This year, members of the Rensselaer campus community, including Greek Life, student-athletes, student clubs, faculty, staff, and others, joined forces to raise nearly $98,900 (and counting) for cancer research. Since its inception, Rensselaer has raised more than half a million dollars to support patient services, research, education, and advocacy within the Capital Region.
Opening ceremonies began at 6 p.m. with a bagpipe performance by Ally Crowley-Duncan, a freshman at Shaker High School who is also a member of the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band. Featured Rensselaer speakers included Fran Berman, vice president for research; Eddie Ade Knowles, vice president for student life; and Lee Ligon, assistant professor of biology. Ligon received a 2010 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society acknowledging the potential of her work on breast cancer.
“The event is a memorable experience that stays with participants for the rest of their lives,” said Jessica Giles ’09, manager of special events for Relay For Life. “There’s nothing like watching hundreds of your fellow students walk the track and join together toward a common cause. It’s about fighting back as a community against a disease that has taken so much and touched many.”
Photos by Kris Qua