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Relay for Life Passes $1 Million Mark Raised Since Inception

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Don’t knock the bake sale. A group of employees at the Whittemore School of Business and Economic used the old-school method to help place them at the top of small team fundraisers for the 2012 Relay for Life, held on campus April 21 and April 22. They were number two for overall earners, raising $6,600 during the American Cancer Society’s annual fundraiser.

Two of the top three individual fundraisers, Jason Cannon and Heather Smith, were members of the WSBE team as well. This is the second year that WSBE participated in the 24-hour walkathon that takes place on the track near the field house.

“This year we held a weeklong bake sale here in McConnell to help raise funds for the team in addition to receiving donations from family, friends, and WSBE faculty and staff,” Cannon says. “Faculty, staff and family members volunteered to bake throughout the week and to spend hours selling the baked goods.”

The weekend take was $126,177, putting total amount of money raised at UNH since the university began hosting the event eight years ago at over the $1 million mark. More than 1,000 participants on 100 teams helped make that possible.

The luminaria ceremony, when the track is lined with illuminated paper bags decorated in memory of people who have lost their lives to cancer, was the most memorable moment of the event, says senior and UNH’s Relay for Life chairwoman Sarah Madison Lampner.

“During this hour, the lights in the track were turned off and we walked in silence. It really made me think about why I do this and how much of an impact we are having in the fight against cancer,” Lampner says.

The top fundraiser was Team Grossi of Alpha Phi Omega.

“I can tell you that this event was the most successful one we’ve had in several years,” says Marianne Fortescue, of the community service office. “The Relay committee consisted of 28 members, the largest in our eight-year history.” 

Relay for Life has participants taking turns walking, jogging, or running around a track for 24 hours. Teams consist of eight to 15 people. Each team has to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

UNH’s Relay for Life has repeatedly earned a National Top Five Per Capita Youth Award from the American Cancer Society. The award recognizes the fundraising efforts of colleges and universities with an enrollment of 10,000-15,999.