Grant Erwin, chair, UNI Relay For Life Committee, (319) 404-0254
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's third annual Relay For Life raised more than $72,000 during the 12-hour fundraiser earlier this month, surpassing the committee's $55,000 goal. Over 1,500 students and community members participated in the Relay, which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Noehren Hall raised the most money for the event, and Niobe House within that hall raised the most money among individual residence houses. Alpha Xi Delta raised the most among the UNI sororities and Kappa Sigma raised the most among the UNI fraternities. Student employees of 'Essentials' in Maucker Union raised the most money among organizations.
The honorary cancer survivor was a four-year-old boy who has defied all odds. He spent more than 200 days of the past year in the hospital and had 19 surgeries to remove the cancer; he has been cancer free for four months. His mother spoke of the boy's struggles and how cancer has impacted her family.
'The success of our UNI Relay was incredible,' said Grant Erwin of Madrid, chair of UNI's Relay For Life Committee. 'It was only our third Relay and it was entirely planned by college students. The amount of money we raised will make this one of the premier college Relay's in the Midwest.'