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Owens Community College Relay for Life Raises Over $36,000 in Support of Cancer Research
More than 350 area residents walked the night and early morning away in support of cancer awareness as Owens Community College hosted Relay for Life. The 15-hour walking-journey for 24 participating teams resulted in the College now raising over $36,000 the past two years in support of the American Cancer Society.
Owens' Second Annual Relay for Life served as one of the first events for more than 300 similar cancer fundraising initiatives, occurring throughout Ohio in the coming months.
"Owens Community College is extremely proud to collaborate with the American Cancer Society and assist in the organization's on-going efforts to make a difference in the fight against cancer," said Joanne Juan, Owens Co- Chair of the Relay for Life Committee. "This year's Relay for Life was a huge success and offered a unique opportunity to honor and celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. Hopefully the proceeds raised from this event will go along way in finding a cure for this terrible disease."
Established in 1985, Relay for Life was created to offer communities a unique, empowering and fun way to assist in the fight against cancer. Today, as the American Cancer Society's signature event, approximately 3,300 communities and eight countries participate in the cancer awareness fundraiser.
Among the many highlights of the event were tributes to those individuals in attendance who have survived cancer. Approximately 20 survivors together took part in a ceremonial first lap while cheered on by family, friends and Relay for Life participants. Special events included three live bands and an array of games and movies. Participants also enjoyed karaoke singing and disco contests.
The American Cancer Society is the leading nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The organization also is the largest not-for-profit source of cancer research funds in the United States, investing more than $2.3 billion in an effort to find a cure.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo- area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non- credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.