10th Annual Relay for Life Raises Over $30,000
On Friday, April 1, over 350 students, faculty, staff, and community members rallied and relayed in the 10th Annual Relay for Life at St. John Fisher College. The College's student organization "Colleges Against Cancer" (CAC), along with Nazareth College and the American Cancer Society (ACS), hosted the inspirational 12-hour event to celebrate and
"This is such an amazing gathering," said Henry. "We're all here for the same reason, to put an end to cancer. The next 12 hours will take us on a life-affirming journey – symbolizing a day in the life of someone fighting cancer, a disease that never sleeps. Thank you so much for participating."
Dr. Donald Bain applauded the students for their efforts before the event began.
"I am often asked what I think is one of the most remarkable attributes of students at this College, and the first thing that always comes to my mind is the gratitude that each of you has shown for the gifts you have received in life," he said. "But what is even more important than being grateful for the blessings, is what you do with them. And what you are doing with your blessings here makes us proud. You have our admiration, respect, and most importantly, you have the appreciation of all of the people you are going to help as a result of your efforts tonight."
The keynote remarks were delivered by 12-year cancer survivor, Mike Tobin '06. He was diagnosed at the age of 15 with stage 2 testicular cancer, and was cancer-free after two surgeries. He founded Fisher's Relay for Life while he was a student, making the event the first college relay in Upstate New York.
"One of the best days of my life is when my doctor called and said, 'It's gone.' I had done it, I fought cancer, and I won. So, what now? The answer was simple, keep fighting," he said. "We're here because we're all fighting for someone. So, thank you for inviting me tonight to join the fight once more with all of you."
Tobin led the other survivors who were at the event in the first lap – the survivor lap – to Queen's "We Are The Champions." The survivors walked the lap to a standing ovation, and the event had officially begun.
After the 12 hours, the committee announced that the total amount raised was over $30,000. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.