Colleges Against Cancer


Misericordia University holding a Relay For Life event to benefit American Cancer Society

Dallas, PA – The Colleges Against Cancer Chapter at Misericordia University is holding a two-day Relay For Life fundraising event on campus by McHale and Gildea Students Residence Halls by the North Gate on campus to benefit the American Cancer Society on April 1-2 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

This is the second fundraising event the student organization has organized to benefit the American Cancer Society. In October, students organized a slate of Pink Week activities to both spread awareness and raise money. “What we’re aiming to do is to encourage the community to participate in any way they feel fit,’’ explained Misericordia University student Julie Truax of Millville, Pa., “whether that’s through purchasing luminaries, participating in the Survivor Walk or forming a team with their family, friends or co-workers.’’

There are several ways the public can support Relay For Life at MU. Interested participants can form a team or participate individually for a $15 registration fee per person. Each participant receives a Relay For Life T-shirt. Area businesses can purchase advertising space in the program, and people can place a remembrance ad or purchase an ad in the program that honors a loved one or friend.

“Relay For Life is a great service event in which you can make a difference by helping to raise money to donate to the American Cancer Society,’’ said Misericordia University student Cassie Graeff, founder and president of the Colleges Against Cancer Chapter at Misericordia University. “Come participate in Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay For Life and help spread awareness and fight for a cure.’’

Colleges Against Cancer is also selling American Cancer Society Relay For Life Luminarias for a Luminaria Ceremony that will be held at dusk on April 1. The luminaria bags will encircle the track to remember and honor loved ones who have successfully battled or lost their battle against cancer. In addition to the ceremony, the event will feature a survivor lap. Each bag will have the names of the honorees prominently displayed on the bags. A recommended donation of $10 is sought for each luminaria bag, but any donation will gladly be accepted.

The Colleges Against Cancer Chapter at Misericordia University has also organized the “Friendly’s Night to Support Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay For Life’’ on March 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Back Mountain Friendly’s Restaurant on the Memorial Highway in Dallas near Weis Markets. A certain percentage of the proceeds made at that time will be donated to the event for the American Cancer Society.

To register for the event, or to purchase a luminaria or an ad in the program, please contact Graeff at (570) 617-2108 or write her at Additional information can be found about the student organization on its Facebook page: MU Colleges Against Cancer. The deadline to register is March 21.

Student officers for Colleges Against Cancer at Misericordia University are Cassie Graeff, the founder and president; Alyssa Oswald of New Tripoli, Pa., vice president; Julia Truax of Millville, Pa., public relations; and Daniella DeVivo of Lake Ariel, Pa., treasurer. For more information about Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400.


Misericordia University students participating in the Colleges Against Cancer Chapter at MU Relay for Life event on April 1-2 are, first row from left, Marisa Wagner, Lititz, Pa.; Jackie Paluszek, Selden, N.Y.; Julia Truax, Millville, Pa., publicity chair; Candace Levanavage, Pittston, Pa., vice president; Oswald, Cassandra Graeff, Pottsville, Pa., president; Daniella DeVivo, Long Island, N.Y., treasurer; and Kayla Darvey, Hillsdale, N.J.;

Second row: Erica Hannon, Allentown, Pa.; Nicole Mostic, Shamokin, Pa.; Kelly Smith, Sweet Valley, Pa.; Catie Becker, Shickshinny, Pa.; Mara Danoski, Endicott, N.Y.; Gabrielle Pollina, Olyphant, Pa.; Alyssa Rau, Danielsville, Pa.; Jessica Grant, Walden, N.Y.; Jenny Perucca, Massapequa, N.Y.; Lindsey Machemer, Robesonia, Pa.; and Jessica McLaurin, Dunmore, Pa.;

Third row: Christina Liuzzi, Washington Twp., N.J.; Gina Grant, National Park, N.J.; Emily Hullings, Sandyston, N.J.; Alyssa Gotzman, Chalfont, Pa.; Ellen Hoffman, Kingston, Pa.; Emily Santory, Elizabeth, Pa.; Kristen Fisher, Middletown, N.Y.; Marisa Ferenchick, Duryea, Pa.; Tamara Bradley, Elysburg, Pa.; Jessica Burbank, S. Londonderry, Vt.; Jessie Mierzejewski, Sinking Springs, Pa.; Sandy Nelson, Morris Plains, N.J.; Cassie Wittnebert, Cedar Knells, N.J.; Jillian Palermo, Hazleton, Pa., and Cheryl Fuller, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing and club advisor;

Fourth row: Rachel Stitt, Nescopeck, Pa.; Molly McFadden, Pittston, Pa.; Shauna Quirk, Frackville, Pa.; Kristen Mixon, Garden City, N.J.; Katie Kilmer, Nicholson, Pa.; Sara Casterline, Sweet Valley, Pa.; Breanne Phillips, Muncy, Pa.; Cassie Foy, Southbury, Ct.; Amanda Machey, McAdoo, Pa.; Jill Busolits, Allentown, Pa.; and Ashley Soloski, Scranton, Pa.;

Fifth row: Emily Ginocchetti, Jenkins Twp., Pa.; Kevin Miller, Pittston, Pa.; Mike Hulbert, Branchburg, N.J.; Christine McGinn, North Wales, Pa.; Amanda Lee, Turnersville, N.J.; Jonathan Weiss, Minersville, Pa.; Jillian Bowen, Middletown, N.J.; Marissa Ewing, New Berlin, Pa.; Holly Manning, Tunkhannock, Pa.; Allison Bohonko, Plains, Pa.; Elizabeth Graeber, Mansfield, N.J.; and Alisha Nudo, Tunkhannock, Pa.