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RELAY FOR LIFE: RUSM Supports the Fight Against Cancer

June 02, 2016

This spring, thousands of college students chose to spend part of their weekend a little differently from the norm.

Rather than going out with friends or relaxing, the end of the weekly grind found them walking a track or circling a gymnasium in shifts over a 12-hour span. Buoyed by pulsing music and moving speeches, they were united by a common purpose: supporting the fight against cancer.

Top: Shafon McNeil, admissions advisor at RUSM, is ready to greet participants at the Rider University Relay for Life event. Bottom: It’s a full house at Rider Relay for Life.

Ross University School of Medicine was proud to be a sponsor for several recent Relay for Life events at New Jersey college campuses. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement brings together communities to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight. During these overnight fundraising walks, teams of people camp out around a track and take turns walking around it through the night to symbolize the reality that “cancer never sleeps.”

A Growing Partnership

RUSM sponsored Relay for Life events at the College of New Jersey, Rider University, Rowan University, and Stockton University, where RUSM representatives engaged with students and participants and answered questions about medical school.

Kevin Niessen, senior graduate admissions advisor at RUSM, at the Stockton University Relay for Life.

These sponsorships represent a further extension of RUSM’s relationship with the American Cancer Society (ACS). Previously, RUSM has joined ACS in the pledge to fight colorectal cancer, and supported the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in October 2015 as a corporate sponsor.

The fundraising efforts from these four college events totaled more than $200,000 for the American Cancer Society —demonstrating the commitment and dedication of everyone involved, including participants, staff and sponsors.1 The funds raised will go to cancer research and support programs for cancer patients, including accommodations and transportation to and from treatment. 



1 Relay For Life of The College of New Jersey; Relay For Life of Rider University; Relay For Life of Rowan University; Relay For Life of Stockton University

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