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Relay for Life at $127,000 and Counting

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 28, 2010

Last year, UNH’s Relay for Life teams raised more than $133,000, an amount that earned the cancer-fighting chapter a National Top Five Per Capita Youth Award for 2009 from the American Cancer Society. The award recognizes the fundraising efforts of colleges and universities with an enrollment of 10,000-15,999.

This year, that feat could be repeated. As of Tuesday, April 27, the 136 registered teams have raised $127,000, and the money is still coming in. Additional donations can be mailed to ACS - RFLUNH - 2 Commerce Dr suite 110 Bedford, NH 03110.

“I’ve been a part of the UNH Relay since the beginning (2003), when two students contacted me about starting a campus Relay for Life event. At the time, I had no idea what Relay for Life was and could not have imagined how much a part of our campus it would become,” says Marianne Fortescue, coordinator of special student programs in the Office of Community Service. “Once again, members of the university community have joined in what has become one of the largest events on campus. I am honored to be a part of the event.”

Relay for Life is a signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Teams of eight to 15 people sign up to walk or run continuously for 24 hours, raising money through pledges. Since launching its chapter, UNH teams have raised more than $600,000.

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