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April 18, 2013

Students raise money for cancer research

By Robert Bray

Recently students in health communication class at Cleveland State University managed to raise money for cancer research.

“One of the things we talked about early in the semester was, it’ll be cool to find a cause we can donate to that was health related,” said Dr. Eileen Ray, who teaches Health Communication II.

One of her students, Anna Ali, brought up the idea to raise funds for cancer research in her class a few weeks ago, and mentioned that she was involved in Relay for Life, a volunteer cancer fundraising event.

“My personal reason for getting involved in Relay for Life was due to witnessing family members and friends battle cancer,” said Ali, a biology and pre-med major.
Her class was able to sponsor her relay team with $120.

“I’m a strong believer that we can all make a difference, especially when we come together in events such as Relay for Life,” she said.
She wants a medical field that can give cancer patients the best treatments possible, with the least amount of suffering.

The event went from April 12 at 6 p.m. to April 13 at noon and totaled 18 hours. During that time, each team fundraised at their various tables. To name a few, there were raffles, food, drinks, and henna. Her team was able to raise $629.

“The event was great,” she said. “It was so much fun, and we were able to raise a lot of money. It was great to come together with all the different groups for such a great cause.Everyone had an awesome time doing it,” Ali said.

She is thankful for support from her class and said that it is full of caring individuals.

“They were so generous to choose to donate to support my team Golden Key/Psi Chi,” Ali said. “Being able to be a part of this event means so much to all of us.”