MU students raise money for cancer research

1 month 1 week 6 days ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 6:41:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
By: Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Dozens of MU students gathered to raise money for cancer research Saturday.

Mizzou's Relay for Life raised over $7,300 for the American Cancer Society to use toward research and providing services for cancer patients like rides to chemotherapy and lodging during treatments.

Activities included a walk to honor cancer survivors, a coffee bar, bungee run, cornhole, tricycle race, and free-throw contest.

Mizzou's Relay for Life Director Morgan Kruse chose to get involved with the event after her grandfather died soon after being diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

"It was a really hard thing to go through for my family and I hated seeing my parents and seeing everybody so upset to lose my grandfather," she said. "I thought it was really important to get involved in something to find a cure so nobody has to see another loved one go through that."

The day ended with a luminary ceremony to remember people who lost their fight to the disease where participants light glow sticks if they knew someone who died from cancer.

"You look around at the end of it and everyone's glow sticks are crushed. We've all been affected by cancer one way or another," Kruse said.

Planning for the event began in July where teams formed to collect the most money. The next Relay for Life in Boone County will be hosted at Hickman High School in May.

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