NAU walks the walk in cancer fight

Olivia Cerna and Nicole Marvin

Olivia Cerna and Nicole MarvinBy Olivia Cerna, social work major, and Nicole Marvin, exercise science major

Executive Directors
2014 NAU Relay For Life

Each year, more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries take part in a global phenomenon to raise much-needed funds and awareness to fight cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to Celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, Remember loved ones lost and Fight Back against the disease.

Kayettes group shot
The NAU Kayettes were the top fundraisers for this year’s Relay for Life event. The student service organization raised $8,700 toward the $96,000 total.

The funds are used to provide education programs, advocate for cancer research, provide services to cancer patients currently battling this disease and allow researchers to progress toward the end of cancer as we know it.

This year, NAU Relay For Life rose to new heights and achieved goals that were not thought possible. More than 1,500 students, faculty and community members participated in the fight against cancer and raised a groundbreaking $95,756, which is $13,000 more than the previous year.

While all other Relays across the world were coming up short, the NAU community fought back and amazed everyone. NAU is now nationally recognized by the American Cancer Society. Not only did we blow our fundraising goal out of the water, but we also beat the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, which are double our size.

The incredible support we have received from all Lumberjacks proves that the Northern Arizona University community is dedicated to the fight against cancer. Thank you all for your support; we can’t wait to see you next year!