Relay for Life at UVa Raises Record Amount

April 19, 2013

The fight against cancer never sleeps and hundreds of students at the University of Virginia demonstrated that by spending their Friday night at Memorial Gym on Grounds, as part of Relay for Life. Step by step, nearly 1200 students raised money to beat cancer.

For students like Leigh Barie, the fight is personal. When she was ten, Barie was diagnosed with brain cancer. A decade later, she's a third year student at UVa.

"There are so man people who aren't given a second chance in life and I really feel like it's my purpose now to share my story and spread awareness for this disease," Barie said. "We need to keep fighting."

Along with having some fun, the purpose of Relay for Life is to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Event organizers say this year's race at UVa is a record-breaker.

"Our goal was $113,000 and we're already over $128,000 so it shows how much support there is in this community and how dedicated people at UVa are to fight cancer," Barie said.

Cancer survivors say the race has a symbolic meaning.

"A theme for me for Relay, is putting one foot in front of the other," said UVa professor and cancer survivor, Janet Herman. "With a cancer diagnosis, when one's life is spinning out of control, at some point you got to put one foot in front of the other and make progress on the journey."

UVa's Relay for Life will wrap up at 6:00am on Saturday morning.

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