ECU Relay For Life Underway

An event Friday night at ECU celebrated life and those who have beaten the potentially deadly disease of Cancer.

East Carolina University kicked off its second annual Relay For Life event Friday night. Over 74 teams are taking part in the twelve hour event.

The event kicked off with the survivor lap--a quarter mile to honor those who have beaten cancer and celebrate life.

The American Cancer Society says cancer will impact 1 out of 3 American lives. That reason alone is why student Rachael Gaffney says helping to put this event together is so close to her heart. "I lost my uncle my senior year in high school and he meant the world to me. He was like my best friend. I do this for him. I want to find a cure. The reason I took this committee role is because I want to do as much as I can to help raise money to find a cure for cancer."

Committee members say they expect over 5,000 people to participate in the twelve hour event. Last year they raised over $70,000.


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  • by ACS Supporter Location: Greenville on Apr 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    Or you could visit Give.org and see that the American Cancer Society has been accredited with a gold standard for how they spend donor dollars. The American Cancer Society invests on average $310,000 a day into cancer research alone, not to mention the other 14 programs and services they offer back into the community. Want a great example of how donor dollars are being spent, visit the Hope Lodge in Greenville where cancer patients and their caregiver can stay for free. And did you know that the American Cancer Society invests more money into cancer research than any other non-profit in the country and is second to the US Government in total dollars spent for cancer research. Or did you know that ACS has funded the reseach for cancer treatment drugs such as Tamoxefin, Gleevec, and Gardasil? Before you attack the efforts of the organization and their volunteers, I'd suggest you do a little more research of your own.
  • by no one Location: home on Apr 4, 2009 at 07:04 AM
    totally beside the point but if they are reading your comment they have a computer.
  • by Fact Dog Location: washington co. on Apr 3, 2009 at 07:25 PM
    If you think the American Cancer Society is to find a cure for cancer;THINK AGAIN.aLL OF YOU WHO HAS A COMPUTER ;GO TO YOUR SEACH BLOCK;TYPE IN;WHERE DOS THE MONEY GO AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.IT WILL MAKE YOU SICK TO KNOW WHAT THEY OWN AND THE COVER UP TO TAKE MONEY FROM AMERICANS.
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