Lycoming College held its ninth annual Relay For Life from 6 p.m. March 22, to 6 a.m. March 23, in the College's Recreation Center. The event raised $24,158 to benefit the American Cancer Society, according to Relay For Life chair Briana Wingrove, a junior psychology major from Williamsport.
The Lycoming chapter of Colleges Against Cancer hosted the event, which had a birthday theme. Clubs and organizations decorated birthday party-themed tables and provided snacks, activities and a variety of entertainment during the 12-hour walk-a-thon. Students and faculty competed in volleyball, dodgeball, a cupcake decorating contest and trivia.
Also during the event, Wingrove said 15 people donated eight inches or more of their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, an organization that provides free hairpieces to cancer patients.
Shown top left, Lycoming College class of 2006 Heather Lanning of Altoona tells of her experiences as a cancer survivor and caregiver during Lycoming College's Relay For Life event. Above, cancer survivors prepare to blow out the candles on their cupcakes during the opening ceremony of the event. Every Relay event has a special survivor walk to celebrate those who have or have had cancer, remember those who have been lost to the disease and fight back against cancer. At left, Members of the Lycoming College women's soccer team and others walk around the school's recreation center The fundraiser was organized by Colleges Against Cancer chapter in association with the American Cancer Society. More than 30 teams stayed up from 6 p.m. March 22 until 6 a.m. March 23 to walk, play games, have a volleyball tournament, dance and participate in other activities to raise money for the ACS.
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