May 04, 2017

By Marielle Miller ’18

Students at Susquehanna University raised more than $30,000 to support the fight against cancer through the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Hundreds of students gathered in the field house of James W. Garrett Sports Complex on April 21 for SU’s Relay for Life. The annual event is sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer, a national organization that collaborates with various cancer prevention organizations to bring awareness and raise money for research.

The event attracted one of the largest crowds SU Relay for Life has seen in recent years.

“I attend Relay every year! I think it’s such a good cause and brings the whole Susquehanna community together to fight against something that can impact anyone,” said senior Sammie Spishock, of Sunbury, Pa.

Several local cancer survivors spoke about their battles with cancer and participated in the ceremonial first lap solely dedicated to cancer survivors.

The traditional luminaria ceremony began at 9 p.m., when candles are lit and a lap is quietly walked to honor those who lost a loved one to cancer.

“Although I haven’t lost anyone to cancer, it is a solemn reminder why I relay and why it is important to continue this event, not only here but across the U.S.,” said rising senior Carolina Nicholson, of Millersburg, Pa.

Susquehanna has been recognized for its student participation in Relay for Life.

The university ranked within the top 25 schools nationwide that took part in the American Cancer Society’s 2015 Bring the People Campus Recruitment Challenge, a nationwide drive to register 10,000 students for their school’s Relay for Life event. Other top-performing participants included schools within the Big 10, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast conferences.