For Immediate Release — Friday, March 3, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo students relay for life to raise funds for American Cancer Society

GENESEO, N.Y. — Since 1985, Relay for Life events have been going on throughout the country, but it has been a number of years since one has taken place in Geneseo and it has never happened at the State University of New York at Geneseo. That is, until one student decided it was time for a change.

Katelyn Schreiber, a junior international relations major from Eden, N.Y., has been running around all over the town and other parts of the state to coordinate SUNY Geneseo's first Relay for Life. She got the idea from a roommate who participated in a Relay for Life in the Buffalo area.

Relay for Life began in 1985 when a surgeon in Tacoma, Wash., wanted to raise money for his local American Cancer Society chapter. He spent 24 hours running and walking around a track for more than 83 miles. Since then, the event has grown and spread to other parts of the country.

Geneseo's Relay for Life is made up of more than 100 teams of eight to 15 people each—a total of about 900 members of the college and the community. Each team works to raise as much money as possible to help the relay reach its goal of $60,000. Teams began fund raising on Jan. 31 and will continue through the actual relay on April 28-29. To date, the effort has raised $18,000, with the top team raising more than $1,000. For a current total, go to

"I'm hopeful that others will get excited about this event and join with us in our effort," said James Bryant, a junior from Lyons, N.Y., who has raised nearly $300 for the Alpha Phi Omega team.

The actual Relay for Life will take place from 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, through 7 a.m. Saturday, April 29, in the Kuhl Gymnasium in the Merritt Athletic Center. "Cancer doesn't sleep. Why should we?" says Schreiber.

During the relay, one member from each team must be walking at all times. Luminaries will be lit around the track, while student bands and a cappella groups perform in honor of the event. A cancer survivor also will speak. When the event concludes, the total will be revealed, and each of the three top-fund-raising teams and individuals will receive prizes.

For more information, contact Schreiber at