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Relay for Life At Iona Raises More Than $57,000

Students at Iona College in New Rochelle raised more than $57,000 during their Relay for Life event.
Students at Iona College in New Rochelle raised more than $57,000 during their Relay for Life event. Photo Credit: Iona College/CAC

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- More than 450 participants on 23 teams joined together at Iona College recently to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer by walking for Relay for Life.

The students walked from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. showing their support for cancer survivors and in the process raise more than $57,000 in donations from students and local organizations.

The theme of this year’s event was Western, and the slogan was “Giving Cancer the Boot.” The night was complete with games such as scavenger hunts, Miss Relay Pageant, Zumba and even a mechanical bull.

Students also had the opportunity to either shave their heads in support or donate eight inches of hair for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.

“Making relay happen is a lot of work, but it’s an awesome event," said Nikki Molfetas, president of Colleges Against Cancer and a cancer survivor. "Everyone gets to come to honor survivors and caregivers and come together as a community, which is truly the best part.”

The event is run by the Iona organization Colleges Against Cancer and is comprised of a committee of all Iona students. Donations are still being accepted for the Iona Relay for Life until August 31. The students hope to exceed their $60,000 goal by this time.

“Because of tonight, people are looking at new ways to diagnosed cancer," said Brother J. Kevin Devlin, cancer survivor and director of Student Success. "I was diagnosed with cancer because of a colonoscopy, there weren’t colonoscopy’s years ago.”

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