KPU Relay For Life team donates big, wins bronze

Thu, Jun 27, 2013

For immediate release

June 28, 2013

KPU Relay For Life team donates big, wins bronze

Metro Vancouver, BC – Twelve members of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) community raised $5,555 for the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life last Friday.

Their fundraising was recognized with a bronze medal at McLeod Athletic Park, where the team participated in a 12-hour relay.

"This was my first experience with an event like the Relay For Life, and the way the community came together to not only fundraise for cancer research and programs but to celebrate life was so heartwarming. I hadn't expected to enjoy it as much as I did," says Fatima Sakarya, who works in the General Counsel's office.

The Langley event alone contributed over $290,000 towards life-saving cancer research. Donations through the Relay For Lifefund crucial cancer prevention initiatives, as well as the delivery of care and practical and personal support to people living with cancer.

KPU team members: Barb Steele, Carla Deresh, Christa Kantola, Debbie Whiteley, Ellen Hill, Fatima Sakarya, Harry McNeil, Kathy Nolan, Laura Ward, Pablo Dobud, Paul Nolan, Ron Maggiore.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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