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GSC Relay For Life Raises $3,600 for American Cancer Society

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2012

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV – The Glenville State College Relay For Life team has raised over $3,600 for the American Cancer Society. RFL is an international fundraising event that raises funds for cancer research. The 2012 GSC RFL event was successful thanks to the efforts of a GSC staff advisor, four committee members, and four teams.

Glenville State College Relay For Life participants: (L-R) GSC RFL Co-Chair Melissa Pursley, Alpha Theta Xi member Ashley Burdette, GSC RFL Staff Advisor Andrew Lewis, GSC Spanish Club Staff Advisor Deb Starcher-Johnson, Alpha Theta Xi/GSC Spanish Club member Lindsay Morgan, GSC RFL committee/Alpha Theta Xi member Chelsea McEwuen, Sigma Omega Beta member Shane Lehman, GSC Spanish Club member Ashley McHenry, Sigma Omega Beta member Dustin Ruckman, Sigma Omega Beta member Nate Bolin, Sigma Omega Beta member Dustin Roy, GSC RFL committee member Matthew Thompson, and GSC RFL Co-Chair Katie Morris.

“I relay for my grandmother who passed away from lung cancer in March of 2002. I saw the struggle that she went through, and I want to help work for a cure for this horrible disease. I enjoy being the staff advisor to such a great group of young adults. In the upcoming year, I would love to see more students, faculty, and staff get involved in this great cause. It’s not just something to put on your resume; you are helping find a cure for cancer! It’s a great organization to have here at Glenville State College,” said GSC RFL Staff Advisor Andrew Lewis.

“Our GSC organization has been through many hardships, and I am thankful for the dedicated committee members, teams, and participants that have stuck with the mission of Relay For Life and raised money for the American Cancer Society,” said GSC RFL Co-Chair Melissa Pursley.

“Our biggest fundraising event this year was Cancer’s s Drag which raised nearly $800. I am thankful for everyone who attended this event and helped our college’s cause. Relay For Life wouldn’t be possible without donors and volunteers,” said GSC RFL Co-Chair Katie Morris.

“I have been involved with the GSC Relay For Life my entire college career. It is very awarding to put so much effort into such a serious cause as cancer. We are all connected to this disease and I would love to see our committee and amount of teams grow in order to have more events and raise even more money for the American Cancer Society,” said GSC RFL committee member Matthew Thompson.

“My aunt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when I was sixteen years old. Thankfully, through surgery, she was able to beat the disease. After that experience, I began volunteering for Relay For Life,” said GSC RFL committee member Chelsea McEwuen.

The four GSC Relay For Life teams were the Sigma Omega Beta fraternity, GSC Spanish Club, the Alpha Theta Xi sorority, and the GSC Relay For Life Committee.

GSC Spanish Club members (L-R) Nicole Himes, Aesha Peters, and Lindsay Morgan sell 'hope' floats (root beer floats) to raise money for GSC Relay For Life.

Fundraising events for the GSC Relay For Life included the Cancer’s a Drag event, a dodgeball tournament, a Mother’s Day Brunch held in the GSC Mollohan’s Restaurant, the Spanish Club’s ‘hope’ floats (root beer floats), GSC Language and Literature Department’s silent auction, Dr. Ida Mill’s Social Psychology class coin collection, GSC Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and GSC Baseball Team donation collection at a GSC baseball game, and many more.

GSC RFL will still be accepting donations up until the Gilmer County Relay For Life being held July 7th at the Sue Morris Sports Complex in Glenville, West Virginia (Gilmer County).

If you would like to make a donation to the GSC Relay For Life, contact Lewis at or (304) 462-6413.

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