Relay For Life of Northeastern University surpassed its fundraising and attendance goals this weekend at the annual event benefitting the American Cancer Society.
The event, which began Friday at 6 p.m. and ended Saturday at 6 a.m., is an overnight fundraising walk in which teams of people take turns trekking around a temporary track in Matthews Arena. The event features live music, food, and a variety of fun activities.
Northeastern’s student-run Relay For Life committee set goals to raise $250,000 and bring in 2,800 people for this year’s event. Both were surpassed—they raised nearly $275,000 and drew more than 3,000 attendees.
“People were coming in and registering all the way up until midnight,” said Giana Manzi, S’15, the co-chair of Northeastern’s Relay For Life committee. “Everything went smoothly, and it was very successful. We exceeded our goals, which was awesome.”
More than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place each year, convening survivors and advocates in communities and on campuses in more than 20 countries. While each is unique, all of them feature an opening survivor lap; a luminaria ceremony to remember those who have died; and a fight back pledge to spread awareness of cancer research, treatments, and prevention.
Fundraising total: $274,904. Thank YOU for helping make this our highest-grossing, most attended, most fun, BEST Relay yet!
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