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Bingo for breast cancer awareness

By Colleen Rakowski in News

March 1, 2012

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Over 100 students attended the Vera Bradley Bingo on Monday Feb. 27, hosted by Colleges Against Cancer, in the PUB to help raise money for Relay for Life. Eleven Vera Bradley bags of varying costs and sizes were up for grabs.

“Everyone knows someone who has cancer,” said Meghan Dashe. a junior communication major and treasurer for Colleges against Cancer.

Many students at the event shared stories of how cancer has affected their families.

Adam Osborne, a sophomore shared his story; describing how cancer has impacted his life and inspired him to join Colleges Against Cancer, and participate in events like the Vera Bradley bingo.

Osborne talked about two close family friends, Carol Lee and Bobbi, and how each suffered from cancer for many years.

He watched his grandmother take care of each of them before their deaths. His grandmother was by their side until their final moments.

Osborne still remembers the defeat in his grandmother’s voice after the passing of Carol Lee.

It’s something he said he would never forget.

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“I hope this story shows the deep wounds that cancer has left in my entire family,” Osborne said. “This is why I fight. This is why I Relay: for Bobbi, Carol Lee, and my grandmother.”

Colleges Against Cancer hosts a Relay for Life event at LHU each year. This year’s event is scheduled for March 30 and 31. The bingo was a way to start raising funds for the relay.

“Relay is the biggest fundraiser, raising $30,000 last year and hopefully $40,000 this year,” Dashe said. “Being involved gives you a sense of fulfillment that you are doing good and helping people.”

Colleges Against Cancer is a student-run organization in support of the American Cancer Society. Many students wore purple in support of the organization.

Students involved in organizing the event also participated in the night’s festivities.

Jordan Knipe, a junior biology major, assisted with the event’s organization. She was also one of the lucky winners.

Stephanie Price, a transfer student majoring in health and physical education, won the largest bag in the final game of the night.

The next fundraiser to support the Relay will be at the Lock Haven Pizza Hut on March 7.

Anyone interested in donating or making a team for Relay for Life can find more information on relayforlife.org.

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