Walking for a cure: Fairleigh Dickinson University hosts Relay for Life events

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan and Florham campuses both recently hosted Relay for Life events, with participants raising thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.  

The Metropolitan Campus surpassed its goal and raised more than $20,000 to fight back against cancer. More than 500 people participated in the event.

FDU alumni got involved by creating their own team to compete. They ranked fourth on the leadership board by collecting and donating more than $2,800. Student athletes, fraternity and sorority members, Latino Promise students, who raised upwards of $4,200, also attended. A DJ and Zumba class kept everyone awake and on their toes.

The Florham Campus’s Relay for Life event attracted 75 students and raised more than $3,500 for the American Cancer Society. Coloring for Chemo, a Florham student group that assembles and delivers baskets of coloring books and crayons to children with cancer, ran a hydration station, and had pages for the participants to color if they needed a break. Towards the end of the event, the club hung up the pictures in the shape of a ribbon to keep with the theme of the event.

Both events included survivor and caregiver walks to honor those who have been personally affected by cancer, a Luminaria Ceremony to remember loved ones lost to cancer, and several fun games, competitions, and dances in between to get participants of all ages involved!

Metro Relay for
Scenes from Relay for Life 2016, which ran April 14-15, at the Metropolitan Campus. (Photos by @rominaaa_ and @lpiu_rhodivas, and courtesy of Yasmin Gonzalez and Irene Oujo)

Alumni remember team Relay 2016

Members of the FDU alumni team, called FDU Alumni Remember, walked at Relay for Life on the Metropolitan Campus. (Photo courtesy of Karen Lewis)

Florham Relay collage 2016
Scenes from Relay for Life 2016, held on April 2 at the Florham Campus. (Photos by @fducoloring, @aubreywolfru, @fducac, and @caroline_lamport)