Relay For Life Event Raises More Than $35,000 for Cancer Research

Students participate in the 2013 Relay For Life at SHU in April.

News Story: May 6, 2013

Sacred Heart University held its fifth annual Relay For Life fundraiser on Friday, April 26, in the William H. Pitt Center. A survivor’s reception took place prior to the kickoff of the 12-hour event, featuring Shirley Pavone, professor of psychology, and Mike Giarratano, co-director of the College of Education’s fifth-year internship program, as guest speakers.  This year’s event raised more than $35,000 with 34 teams and more than 350 participants. Sacred Heart’s Dance Team, Best Buddies, SHU Choirs, Employee Wellness, the Thomas More Honors Program and Greek Life are just some of the groups that raised money for this worthy cause.

The theme this year was “Relay Rewind,” which incorporated themes from various decades, along with a desire to make cancer a thing of the past. Relay For Life of Sacred Heart is organized by students in support of the American Cancer Society. Student bands, DJs and others performed throughout the night, and activities included a dodge ball tournament, scavenger hunt and Zumba.

“Relay For Life is extremely grateful to the students, faculty and staff at Sacred Heart for their commitment to the American Cancer Society,” said Barb Susi ’75, community & fundraising chair for the event. “Whether they made a donation or participated in the relay, they truly made a difference.”