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UNH's Relay for Life Teams Honored with National Top 5 Per Capita Youth Award for 2009

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 25, 2009

When UNH participated in this year’s cancer-fighting Relay for Life in April, the 118 teams raised more than $133,000. That effort has earned UNH a National Top Five Per Capita Youth Award for 2009 from the American Cancer Society.

The award recognizes the fundraising of colleges and universities with an enrollment of 10,000-15,999. UNH’s 1,175 walkers raised $9.76 per capita ($133,205.54) during the 24-hour event. The money supports cancer prevention, research and education.

After the final numbers were tallied in April, staff advisor Marianne Fortescue said, “To have the type of help we had this year—the number of teams, the number of participants--especially in light of the economy, was really exciting. And to raise the amount of money we did is mindboggling.”

UNH teams have raised more than $600,000 since the chapter was launched six years ago.

Relay for Life national awards are presented in recognition of outstanding performance in fundraising and to highlight the success of individuals, teams, and events that define the hallmarks of Relay for Life.

Teams of eight to 15 people sign up to walk or run continuously for 24 hours, raising money through pledges.  Relay for Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society.

The 2010 Relay for Life at UNH will take place April 17 and 18. To start a team or sponsor one, visit www.relayforlife.org/unh.

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