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Eighth Annual Relay for Life at Ramapo College

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More than 800 individuals will participate in fundraiser for American Cancer Society April 4-5

(MAHWAH, NJ) – More than 800 individuals, including students, faculty, staff and others will participate in the 8th Annual Relay For Life at Ramapo College starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4 until 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 5. Relay For Life celebrates the courage of those individuals who battled or continue to fight cancer and provides an opportunity to remember loved ones lost.

“Ramapo College is a consistent supporter of Relay For Life, and all participants play a key part in helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Kaitlin Chieco, Relay For Life specialist with the American Cancer Society. “The students at Ramapo and their organizations are the backbone of this event, and we are so grateful for their efforts and for their commitment to fighting back against cancer not only at Relay but throughout the year.”

Relay For Life is a major fundraiser, coordinated by the American Cancer Society, Inc., to raise awareness of the disease and to assist those coping with the illness and family members. Relay For Life takes place nationwide in more than 5,200 communities on various weekends throughout the year. Relay For Life at Ramapo raised more than $57,000 last year. The 24-hour celebration and remembrance takes place at the Bradley Center Arena on campus and features several key components and activities.

Team members walk or run laps, supported by donors who pledge a dollar amount for each completed lap. One member of each team is on the track throughout the duration of the event. Food, games and entertainment are part of the atmosphere in this family-friendly event.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. The opening ceremony is at 7 p.m. with cancer survivors walking the first lap followed by their caregivers. The fight back ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Participants commit to take an action to end cancer, such as quitting smoking or taking a screening test. The luminaria ceremony is at 10 p.m. and recalls loved ones lost to the disease. Participants carry candles with the name of a love one and walk a lap in silence. The closing ceremony begins at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 5.

For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/RamapoCollegeNJ  or call 201-457-3418 ext. 2218.

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The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we celebrate our 100th year of service, we’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/fight.

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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