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CMSV Students Raise $21,000 for Cancer Research
4/22/2013 - Riverdale, N.Y. - Students at the College of Mount Saint Vincent raised $21,000 for the American Cancer Society at their inaugural “Relay for Life” event on Friday, April 19 2013.

New York Giant Mark Herzlich with CMSV students
New York Giant and cancer survivor
Mark Herzlich, with students

Over 250 students and their supporters attended Relay for Life that began at 3 p.m. on the Great Lawn and finished at 3 a.m. the next day. The event featured live music, games, and activities including a speech by New York Giants linebacker and cancer survivor Mark Herzlich. Cancer survivors and their care-givers were honored with a special Survivor Ceremony Lap. Later in the evening, participants memorialized loved ones lost to cancer through the candle-lit Luminaria Ceremony.

The driving force behind the event was Kristin Yanniello ‘13 of Kings Park, Long Island. The Student Government President became inspired to bring Relay for Life to the Mount after experiencing the loss of a family member.

“Relay for Life is a fun way to do something charitable,” she said. “It was amazing to have the whole campus – students, faculty and staff - rally together for a worthwhile cause.”

Dianna Dale, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, shared that the American Cancer Society was impressed with this amazing fundraising effort, especially since this was the first Relay for Life hosted at the Mount. “Kudos to our students,” she said.  “Service is a way of life for our students, and when they decide to get behind a project, nothing can stop them.”

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college. It combines a strong core curriculum with a full array of majors in the liberal arts and selected professional fields of study, including accounting, business administration, education, and nursing. Through its School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the College extends its primary undergraduate mission by offering high quality graduate studies in business, education and nursing and an array of undergraduate and certificate programs serving non-traditional students. Mount Saint Vincent is located on a pastoral campus in New York City, with easy access to all the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities that the City affords.

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Belle Hann
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