HIGH POINT, N.C., April 15, 2014 – Students at High Point University recently came together to honor cancer survivors, remember lost loved ones and fight the disease at the fifth annual “Relay For Life” event on the HPU campus.
More than 180 students, faculty and staff participated to raise $7,000, which benefited the research and support of the American Cancer Society.
“Relay For Life is an event that has been close to my heart for many years,” says Jessica Pikowski, HPU junior and founder of Colleges Against Cancer. “To be able to provide awareness and raise money for the American Cancer Society is rewarding, and I hope that the event will continue to grow for years to come.”
This year, teams participated in a 12-hour event of walking, fundraising, games and activities. Throughout the day, ceremonies were held to celebrate individuals who have survived and lost the battle against cancer.
Each year, more than four million people in 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life. The money helps to fund ACS programs like Hope Lodge, free accommodations where cancer patients and caregivers can stay during treatment, Road to Recovery, a transportation program for patients in treatment, and many others.