Inside Rensselaer
Volume 7, No. 9, May 10, 2013

Relay for Life 2013

Rensselaer hosts eighth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life overnight event

More than 1,000 members of the Rensselaer community, along with family and friends, participated in the eighth annual Relay For Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The overnight event was held in the Alumni Sports & Recreation Center (Armory) April 26-27.


The Relay For Life is a community event that celebrates the lives of cancer survivors and commemorates those who have lost their battle with the devastating disease. This year, committee members selected a Las Vegas theme.

Colleges Against Cancer, a Rensselaer Union student organization, coordinated the event this year along with support from Greek Life, student-athletes, student clubs, faculty, staff, and others. The groups joined forces to raise nearly $75,000 (and counting) for cancer research. Committee members hope to raise $120,000 by the close of donations. To support the event, 69 participating teams walked or ran laps around the Armory track in an effort to increase cancer awareness, raise funds, and celebrate survivorship.

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“We are really excited that we were able to host Relay For Life because the journey to end cancer begins with a single step,” said Alex Bricker, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, who served as this year’s Relay For Life chair.
“This year the American Cancer Society asked organizers to reflect on the question, ‘Why Not?’” Bricker added. “We thought to ourselves, ‘Why not have more participants involved than last year? Why not have more activities and entertainment at the event? Why not advocate living a healthier lifestyle?’ With so many questions, I needed a team that was dedicated to making this night happen.

“My incredible Relay committee worked hard for the past three months night filled with constant activities that we feel the campus will never forget!”

Event highlights included Rensselaer and local student bands, singing groups, dance teams, and DJs; a Las Vegas-themed fashion show; a giant board game organized by Red Bull; a poker tournament; a card stacking contest; tug-of-war games; and karaoke contests.

Since the Relay For Life events began on campus, Rensselaer has raised nearly $700,000 to support patient services, research, education, and advocacy within the Capital Region.

“This year has been an exciting experience for the Relay For Life of RPI,” said Annemarie Papandrea, manager of special events, Relay For Life. “We’re thrilled to have received such great support from the RPI community. The planning committee worked hard to create a night jam-packed with activities, entertainment, and ceremonies to keep everyone engaged all night.

Additional donations can be made online or mailed to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110. For more information or to donate, go to

Photos by Ethan Spitz/The Polytechnic and Molly Zuk/Colleges Against Cancer

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