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PR # 199 April 7, 2009

RVCC SETS RELAY FOR LIFE FOR AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

For the fifth year in a row, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) will sponsor American Cancer Society?s Relay For Life, Friday, April 24, to Saturday, April 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The overnight event?because cancer never sleeps?is designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research, advocacy, education and patient services programs. The event will be held on the outdoor track at the College?s North Branch Campus. During the event, teams of people, all affiliated with RVCC, will be walking around the track. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

Cancer survivors and caregivers will kickoff RVCC?s Relay by taking the first lap following the 6:30 p.m. opening ceremony. In addition, a Luminaria Ceremony, scheduled for 9:30 p.m., will pay tribute to those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

The evening will feature a variety of entertainment, including performances by student groups and area musicians. The program will conclude with a closing ceremony on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m.

More than 160 people on 23 teams composed of RVCC students, staff and faculty and their friends and family are scheduled to take part in Relay For Life.

In 2005 RVCC was the first community college in New Jersey to sponsor the event. In its first four years of sponsoring Relay For Life, the College raised close to $150,000 for the organization?s fight against the deadly disease.

In case of rain, the Relay will be held in the College gymnasium. For further information about Relay For Life at RVCC, call Mary Sullivan, 908-526-1200, ext. 8318.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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