Despite recession, Lynn Relay for Life surpassed its goal and raised more than $35,000 for the American Cancer Society

Lynn has seen a 17% growth in funds from last year

Published Apr. 09, 2009

Last weekend, more than 275 students, staff and faculty members gathered for Lynn’s third annual Relay for Life. “So far we’ve raised $35,269, and people are still bringing in donations,” said Annie Weaver, coordinator of student involvement at Lynn. All of the funds are donated to the American Caner Society to support cancer research.

“We had a 17% growth over last year,” said Jessica Moreno, community representative for the American Cancer Society, “and in a recession, I would consider that pretty extraordinary.”

Just two weeks ago, Lynn had raised only $13,000. “I thought our numbers were down due to the economy,” said Weaver, “but the committee members and volunteers exceeded my expectations. They put together a great event!”

“This year Relay for Life had a Disney theme. Each team chose a movie to represent, and I think they had a lot of fun with it!” said Tayrn Hamill, a graduate student at Lynn and committee member. “Students, staff and faculty dressed up to represent movies like The Incredibles, Toy Story, 101 Dalmations and The Jungle Book.”

Members of Lynn’s Relay for Life committee have been hosting fundraisers, raffles and other activities over the past several months, and they will continue raising money for the American Cancer Society throughout the school year.  “We will start fundraising for next year’s Relay in August,” said Weaver.