Relay for Life at SSU


Hi First Years! Next Friday April 7th is the first Relay for Life Event at Salem State University. Relay for Life is a signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers. Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around the track or designated path and each event is anywhere from 6-24 hours in length. Each team member is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps!

The event at SSU is going to be held at Gassett Fitness Center as a 12 hour event. It is Friday April 7th! The theme of this relay is “pajama party” so teams are encouraged to wear their pajamas to the event. There are a bunch of activities that will be occurring throughout the night. There will be food, Gassett After Dark Activities and other great entertainment such as RDT performing a dance! This night is to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer. You can still create a team and join this relay for a fee of $20 or you can join a team that has already been formed. Just visit this website for more details!

A little background on our SSU event:

We have a goal of raising $40,000 and we are currently at $30,700.39. There are still 8 days until you can donate to this event! There are currently 19 teams that are participating in the event including students, staff and even graduate students. If you can’t participate, I hope that you will consider donating to the event to support your school! You can donate here. If you have any questions you can also contact the event coordinator who is Christine Brown. The phone contact is (781) 314-2616 or email

Some Facts on Cancer:

According to the National Cancer Institute: the most common cancers in the year 2016 were Bladder cancer, Breast cancer, Colon and Rectal cancer, Endometrial cancer, Kidney Cancer, Leukemia, Liver cancer, Lung cancer, Melanoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer and Thyroid cancer. Cancer mortality is higher among men than women. It is 207.9 per 100,000 men and 145.4 per 100,000 women. If you want to look more into this information click here.

I hope that you will consider being a part of this event on campus! Keep pushing through the last few weeks of the semester because you are almost finished with your first year!

-FYM Mikaela


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