The Misericordia University Colleges Against Cancer Chapter surpassed a donation total of $185,000 at the 7th annual Relay for Life by raising more than $39,000 at the April event. The student-run fundraiser for the American Cancer Society has grown incrementally since it raised $7,000 during its inaugural effort in 2011.
The 2017 Misericordia University Relay for Life was held in the Anderson Sports and Health Center. It featured 52 teams, 585 participants and more than 30 cancer survivors. Disc jockey Raymond Phillips of Site and Sound Entertainment donated his services for the event. The top three individual participants were Misericordia University students Jordyn Powell of Philipsburg, $1,805; Kailey Vogl, Wexford, $1,710, and Emily Ousouljoglou of Bridgewater, New Jersey, $1,449. The top three fundraising teams were R-Killin' Cancer, $2,320; Misericordia's National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, $2,059, and Misericordia University Field Hockey team, $1,870.
Officers of the Misericordia University Colleges Against Cancer Chapter who organized the event are Nicole Sadler, Florence, New Jersey, event lead; Zachary Moody, Clarence, Bring the People co-chair; Kailee Crockett, Smithtown, New York, Build the Fun co-chair, and Olivia Sumeriski, Toms River, New Jersey, Fund the Mission co-chair.
"Over the past four years, this event has grown to mean so much to me. We would not be able to raise thousands of dollars and make a difference in thousands of lives without the help and support of our event leadership team, team captains, participants, sponsors, and the Misericordia and surrounding community," said Sadler.
"It is truly amazing to see how much time and effort is put in by the students who balance their time between classes, homework, practices and games, to support our cause,'' said Elizabeth Pedro, the advisor for the Misericordia University Colleges Against Cancer Chapter. "Every year, we are overwhelmed by the support of the regional community. Few people have not been touched by cancer, so that is why we continue to work together to raise money for research and to honor survivors and those we have lost.
"We proudly surpassed $39,000 this year and are still accepting donations," Pedro added. "On behalf of Colleges Against Cancer, I would like to personally thank all of our participants and for the University continuing to support the efforts of our students."
Donations are welcome and can be made online through Aug. 31 at www.relayforlife.org/pamisericordia.
The Misericordia University Colleges Against Cancer Chapter presented a check for $39,300.02 to the American Cancer Society from this year's Relay for Life on campus. Participating in the check presentation ceremony, from left, are Cindy Delaney, staff partner, American Cancer Society, and Misericordia chapter officers Nicole Sadler, Florence, N.J.; Zachary Moody, Clarence, Pa.; Olivia Sumeriski, Toms River, N.J., and Kailee Crockett, Smithtown, N.Y.