Local Event Raises Awareness For Cancer

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FREDONIA – Community members in northern Chautauqua County organized a fundraiser to benefit cancer patients over the weekend.

Students and staff at SUNY Fredonia’s branch of the American Cancer Society hosted “Relay For Life,” an event aimed at boosting cancer awareness Saturday night.

The 12-hour gathering was held at the Steele Hall Fieldhouse starting at 6 p.m. and running overnight to 6 a.m., a move that organizers say puts into perspective the fact that “cancer doesn’t sleep.”

Each year the event is hosted, a different theme is chosen to base activities around. This year, the theme was game boards.

Those in attendance were able to participate in games, listen to speeches by cancer survivors, and donate to patients currently fighting the disease.

With the pandemic having halted traditional gatherings for the past two-years, student leaders said they expected a lower than usual turnout, but that it wouldn’t stop them from accomplishing what they had set out to do – kick cancer’s butt.

One of the organizers, Phoebe Delorfano, expressed the importance of the event to the community.

“The event hasn’t happened here since 2019, so we’re excited to have it be brought back. The theme is game boards. Mainly the whole thing is a celebration of life,” Delorfano said. “It’s mostly fun, but there are moments of remembrance for those who have passed away from cancer, and those who are affected by cancer, because cancer affects everyone.”

If you want to know how to get involved in raising money or awareness for cancer, you can find useful resources and information at the American Cancer Society’s website, www.cancer.org/involved.


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