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Published 4/12/2005

Owens Community College Relay for Life Raises Over $28,000 in Support of Cancer Research

More than 500 area residents walked the night and early morning away in support of cancer awareness as Owens Community College recently hosted its third annual Relay for Life. The 15-hour walking-journey for 24 participating teams resulted in the College raising over $28,000 for cancer research.

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Owens' Relay for Life served as one of the first events for more than 300 similar cancer fundraising initiatives, occurring throughout Ohio. Last year's event raised over $21,000 to benefit cancer awareness.

"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 a unique opportunity to honor the courageous spirit of those individuals battling cancer."

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 4,200 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. Twenty-seven survivors together took part in a ceremonial first lap while cheered on by family, friends and Relay for Life participants. Special events included live bands and an array of games. Participants also enjoyed karaoke singing and a scavenger hunt.

The American Cancer Society is the leading nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by prevention, saving lives and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy and service. Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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.



 

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