WMU News

Team from WMU "wins" race against cancer

May 21, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A volunteer team of WMU employees and friends set the record for most money raised in this year's American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" May 18-19.

About 35 volunteers, mostly staff and faculty, raised more than $19,300 in the weeks prior to and during the relay held at Portage Central High School's McCamley Field. The next largest amount for any team was $12,000. A total of about $200,000 was raised.

Organizing the WMU team for the third straight year was Carmento Floyd, wife of the president. She raised more than $3,300 of the WMU total. Other top fund raisers included Dr. Debra Berkey, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Sue Beougher and Gail Towns, Office of University Relations; and Gayl Werme, Development Office.

Each team is required to have at least two walkers or joggers on the track throughout the 24-hour relay. Several dozen faculty, staff and students contributed by walking or by staffing the WMU tent. Staff members also decorated the tent with characters by Dr. Seuss in keeping with the event theme of children's literature.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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