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Campus Community Raises More Than $13,000 for Cancer Research

October 5th, 2011 by 

UMass Medicine Cancer Walk

More than 300 students, faculty, and staff members from Holy Cross were among the 10,000 people who participated in the 13th annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk on Sunday, Sept. 25. The College, which is a flagship sponsor of this fundraising event, raised more than $13,000!

Over the years the walk has raised millions of dollars to support cutting-edge cancer research and build the UMass Memorial Cancer Center, the world class research center in Worcester.

“It was amazing to see the ‘sea of purple’ in Worcester on Sunday,” shares Jackie Peterson, cancer survivor and dean of students.  “The Holy Cross community truly rallied in loving support of many of us who have journeyed  through the cancer experience and increased the hope for the many who will make the journey in the future.”

Highlights include:

Physical plant employees raised more than $700 in support of cancer survivor Warren Lohnes, who works as an electrician at the College.

The economics department raised more than $1,300. The group has raised the most money and sent the most people to the walk for the last three years.

Many of the College’s 27 varsity athletics teams participated again this year.  The women’s teams—led by ice hockey, crew, volleyball, and track and field—raised more than $900.

In addition to walking, Recognized Student Organizations HC for a Cure and Student Health Awareness Peer Educators (SHAPE) organized numerous teams and staffed the registration tables.

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