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B.S.W./MSW Relay for Life Team Exceeds Goal

Posted June 13, 2011
Reported by Leslie Herskowitz

On Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m., 3,400 participants at the University of Georgia came together for a night to fight against cancer at this year’s annual Relay for Life, including 24 students from the School of Social Work’s B.S.W. and MSW programs. Senior co-captains Corey Stillwell and Mary Pendleton, who combined efforts to raise $1,110.50, over $100 more than their initial goal.

“In order to raise money, we relied heavily on donations from teammates, relatives or friends. We also sold T-shirts through the B.S.W. Club, and at the actual event had face painting and a ‘Pong for a Cure’ game,” said Stillwell.

When Stillwell and Pendleton first started their teams, they experienced low turn-out and did not have many people to sign up, but once the B.S.W. and MSW teams merged, donations started coming in.

¬†“I am extremely proud of our team for not only reaching our goal, but exceeding it,” said Stillwell. “The B.S.W. and MSW programs worked together brilliantly to fight for a cure for cancer. The cohesive efforts are what lead to such a successful fundraiser.”

¬†Relay for Life holds close to Stillwell’s heart due to personal ties. “My dad is a cancer survivor, and I lost my grandfather to cancer as well, so this whole experience means a lot to me.”

For next year’s team, Stillwell hopes that the captains can organize a team sooner rather than later in order to receive as many donations as possible.

UGA Relay for Life is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. Since 1999, UGA Relay has raised more than $2.3 million for the American Cancer Society.