Twelve teams of students and faculty gathered on Friday morning for Widener School of Law’s first Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a 12-hour walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society and ‘celebrate survivorship’. Each team was required to have one person walking throughout the event.
The Harrisburg campus had 120 volunteers that participated and walked around the designated location in the campus parking lot. Each team had a table set up to raise more money throughout the day.
The campus raised $13,038. The Widener Law Running Club
was the team that received the most donations, raising $1,727.51, and Jason McLaughlin had the highest individual total with $595. The Relay for Life committee also held fundraisers at local venues in the Harrisburg area throughout the month to collect donations.
A luminaria ceremony with over 50 lit candles took place after dark to honor loved ones battling cancer or to remember loved ones who have passed. Following the luminaria ceremony, Alumni Jason Gottesman, who graduated this past May and was diagnosed with cancer just before graduation, spoke at the closing of the Relay for Life.
The Relay for Life committee plans on holding another successful Relay for Life event next year. The committee who worked on the event included students Dana Suter, Alina Habba, Devyn Zachary, Diana Schimmel, Samara Gertner, Holly Lewis, Jorge Conforme, Jen Silva, Jennifer Berosh, Mary Ann Andrews, Mark Wieder, Nicole Santo, and Paul Edger.