April 29, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) participated in Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society (ACS) event that raises money and awareness for cancer, this past weekend on Stony Brook's campus.
Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.
"Our goal for Relay for Life this year was to reach out to everyone we know and see how much we can fundraise for the American Cancer Society," said Taylor Gillie, co-president of the SAAC, which raised $2,315. "The event is always a truly touching experience, and we were able to see directly where our contribution is going. Thank you to all of those who joined the SAAC team in fighting for a cure."
In addition to members of the SAAC participating, the entire #Seawolves swimming & diving team also participated as they continue to honor the legacy of the late Dave Alexander, who coached the #Seawolves for 32 years until his passing in June 2012. The swimming & diving team's Relay For Life participation over the last four years has resulted in over $20,000 raised for cancer awareness.
“We’re very excited to have raised over $20,000 for the American Cancer Society," said Emily Cheng, a senior on the women's swimming & diving team and the top individual fundraiser of the event. "We need to continue to promote awareness and have people understand more about cancer because many people can relate to having a loved one or friend suffer from this disease. We’re excited that this year the SAAC joined our efforts, allowing us to come together and support this initiative.”