The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Snyder County

April 30, 2013

SU Relay for Life celebrates those battling cancer

SELINSGROVE — This year, Susquehanna University’s Relay for Life celebrated superheroes — those who are living with cancer and those who have beaten the disease, said Charlay Yates, an SU senior and president of Colleges Against Cancer.

“We were thinking about the role that survivors play in our lives and that they are superheroes to us,” she said.

The group, which held its Relay for Life on April 5, has raised more than $18,000 so far this year, she said. More than $27,000 was raised in 2012.

The Susquehanna Relay for Life brings together groups of students and organizations from all over campus, Yates said.

“It has a sense of community,” she said. “It’s great to have a large majority of SU’s campus represented.”

The event included the traditional relay ceremonies, such as the luminary-lighting ceremony and the “Fight Back” ceremony, which included a new twist this year, Yates said.

Colleges Against Cancer had a member go around and take photos and video throughout the event, then compiled the shots into a brief video shown during the “Fight Back” ceremony, Yates said.

But the luminary ceremony remains Yates’ personal favorite, she said.

“It hits home for me just walking and remembering those we’ve lost or those who are still having to fight,” she said.

The student volunteers — such as Yates — are dedicated to the cause and can be credited with much of Colleges Against Cancer’s success, said Julie Waltman, the group’s faculty adviser.

“Each member of Colleges Against Cancer is dedicated and tireless in their efforts, as are all of our student volunteers,” she said. “They just do such great work and make both Susquehanna and the American Cancer Society very proud.”

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