HIGH POINT, N.C., April 11, 2011 ? Students at High Point University recently raised nearly $35,000 when they joined together to fight back against cancer in the Relay for Life, held on campus April 9.
This year?s event marked the second Relay for Life event at HPU, with the first event taking place in 2010. Both years, the event was organized by Natalie Mazzei and Emily Garrish, who are now sophomores at HPU.
Mazzei and Garnish?s goal was to raise more money than was raised at last year?s event. They succeeded by raising almost $15,000 more.
?Last year?s relay was very successful. We raised more than $20,000 and started the event on our own ? which was basically unheard of because we were freshman,? Mazzei says. ?We were so proud of our accomplishment and were even awarded Event of the Year by the university. We are proud to say we have continued in our success this year by increasing the amount of money we raised, and we hope to do the same in the years to come.?
According to Mazzei, this year?s Relay for Life event also surpassed last year?s event in terms of participants.
?The students at HPU are dedicated to this cause,? says Garrish. ?We will not stop the fight against cancer, and we hope to continue our efforts in helping the American Cancer Society to find a cure.?
Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. The event gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, relays may last up to 24 hours in length. This year?s event at HPU lasted for 12 hours and was held from noon through midnight.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.
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