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Longwood University’s Relay for Life tops $50,000 in donations

July 13, 2010

Hundreds of Longwood students are dedicated to making Relay for Life event a success. Hundreds of Longwood students are dedicated to making Relay for Life event a success.

The American Cancer Society recently notified Longwood University that its 2010 Relay for Life event has exceeded $50,000 in donations. Relay for Life at Longwood has achieved significant increases every year since in its inception with fundraising for the 2010 event exceeding the 2009 total by $9,000.

Dr. Maureen Walls-McKay, associate director of Longwood's Counseling Center, advises the student committee that organizes the Relay for Life each year. "I enjoy my involvement with this group of student leaders as they truly inspire me year after year," said Dr. Walls-McKay. "Longwood students are passionate about ‘doing their part' toward finding a cure. Some have participated in hometown Relay events since grade school and many maintain their involvement beyond Longwood. Today's students believe with certainty that it will be their generation who will discover the cure for cancer."

Nearly 800 students, alumni, faculty, and staff participated in Longwood's annual Relay for Life event held April 16-17 on Stubbs Lawn. This year's event was themed "An All-American Salute to Survivors" and involved 56 teams. A variety of entertainment, games, and fundraising filled the 12-hour event and was kicked-off with a concert by the band "Fools and Horses." The evening included a keynote welcome by Longwood professor Jeff Halliday, the lighting of luminaria in honor or memory of loved ones, as well as a Survivors' Reception, Survivors' Lap, and Care Givers' Lap.

Elizabeth Bacalis, Becky Gitlin, and Jason Shelton

Elizabeth Bacalis, Becky Gitlin, and Jason Shelton