SUNY Potsdam Kicks Off Relay for Life Efforts to Fight Cancer


SUNY Potsdam is preparing to host its seventh annual Relay for Life, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and honor those who have been lost to the disease.

The 2013 SUNY Potsdam Relay for Life will be held from 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5 until 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, in the Maxcy Hall Fieldhouse. This year, more than 700 individuals are expected to participate in the College’s Relay, with a goal of raising $52,000.

The public is invited to join in an informational kickoff meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union’s Fireside Lounge. At this event, you will learn about how you can participate in Relay for Life and specifically the event at SUNY Potsdam, and, if interested, sign up for a team. 

Relay for Life is a family-oriented all-night event where participants walk or run on a track, relay style. This celebration brings neighbors, friends, work associates and families together to celebrate those who have survived cancer and remember those who have not. During the event, team members “camp” out and enjoy entertainment, food, games and camaraderie in a community party atmosphere.

While this event happens on SUNY Potsdam’s campus, it is open to the community, so all are invited to join in the excitement.

For more information, contact Nancy Hess, at (315) 267-2168 or

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.