Philadelphia University’s Colleges Against Cancer chapter was named 2013 Relay For Life chapter of the year for its commitment to raising funds and promoting awareness of the fight against cancer. The distinction was awarded to PhilaU by the National Collegiate Advisory Team as part of its annual national Colleges Against Cancer awards.
PhilaU was selected for the honor by demonstrating initiative and leadership in integrating the mission of the American Cancer Society into campus culture, as well as recruiting grassroots volunteers to join in their efforts.
The PhilaU chapter raised $31,800 this past April during its fifth consecutive Relay For Life event and a total of $163,000 since 2009. For this year’s event, more than 500 student volunteers stayed up all night in the Gallagher Athletic Center, walking laps and participating in activities to raise money and symbolize how the fight against cancer never sleeps.
The University’s participation is making a direct impact on the future and development of cancer research. Stephanie Glancey ’13, president of PhilaU’s Colleges Against Cancer group, said she was thrilled to learn the PhilaU chapter received this year’s award and is proud of the hard work and dedication of the team and its many accomplishments.
To be nominated for the Relay For Life Chapter of the Year award, a chapter must first qualify as a Leader of Hope. This year, out of more than 350 participating chapters, only seven were awarded the Leader of Hope recognition, and only three—including PhilaU–received the distinction of Chapter of the Year.