Grove City College hosted their 13th annual Relay For Life with the American Cancer Society on April 22, 2016. Every year, students at Grove City College raise tens of thousands of dollars, which directly benefit the American Cancer Society’s research and recovery programs to fight against cancer.

Relay For Life is global community movement, where the participants come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. 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. Team members also participate in various other activities, such as volleyball, inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, Zumba®, dunk tank, or the survivor lap.

This year, Grove City College raised over $21,000 dollars amongst 23 teams and over 600 participants. Grove City College is a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania of approximately 2,500 students. It ranked 16th nationwide in the American Cancer Society’s Campus Fundraising Challenge.

At the end of the night, the Honorable Paul J. McNulty, current President of Grove City College and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, hosted the Luminaria Ceremony. A Relay For Life tradition, the Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember those who have been lost to cancer, to support those who currently have cancer, and to celebrate those who have fought cancer in the past. President McNulty dedicated the ceremony to his son, Joseph, who lost his battle against cancer in 2012 at the age of 26.

As a proud sponsor and donor of the American Cancer Society and Grove City College’s Relay for Life event, congratulates the participants of this event on another year of great success to raise the much-needed funds and awareness for this movement.

Established in 1913, the American Cancer Society is a nationwide, non-governmental not-for-profit health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. Learn more about how you can get involved locally with an ACS Relay For Life near you.

Written by Isaac Kim