Mary Baldwin Students/Friends Raise $12,000 for Cancer Research

April 17, 2006

Patricipants walk around the gymThe American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Mary Baldwin University April 8–9 raised more than $12,000. Spearheaded by students and staff, the event collected money for cancer research through donations, related fundraisers, and pledges for laps by seven teams around Mary Baldwin’s Physical Activities Center gymnasium.

The event has grown in popularity and scope. Students in every class as well as alumnae/i, staff, faculty, friends, family and community members took part this year. Close to 175 participants transformed the campus gym into a temporary campsite, stage and conversation area for the 12-hour overnight walk-a-thon.

Sophomore Samantha Adato was the top individual fundraiser with more than $1,800 in donations. Amanda Feinstein ’09 and Ashley Coleman ’09 each raised over $1,000. The top fundraising team was Team Relay Committee — which raised $5,138 — and was led by Adato. The Spencer III team, led by Angela Vess ’09, won recognition for best team campsite. The top freshman team, Bucket Brigade, led by Coleman, raised $1,943.

Christina Daniel, circulation and student staff coordinator for the Grafton Library, Adato, Feinstein, and Coleman were recognized in the American Cancer Society’s Grand Relay Club for raising over $1,000.

Donations can be added to Mary Baldwin’s relay fund until August 31. Checks can be written to the American Cancer Society, 1920 H. Medical Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA, 28801; make sure to write “Mary Baldwin University Relay for Life” in the memo line.

Cancer Survivors Gladys the Squirrel stops to talk Students rest outside of their campsite