By Hyuna Wong
Despite the beginnings of a snowstorm, Colleges Against Cancer and Sigma Pi successfully hosted “Cuts for Cancer” on Feb. 9.
As two professional stylists from Great Clips hair salon in Trenton cut hair for $25 per person, the event was able to raise money for Relay for Life, the Colleges Against Cancer’s main annual event, according to its sponsorship chairperson, Melissa Lomiguen, senior nursing major.
Relay for Life is a national event that began in 1985 and consists of teams that try to raise money for the American Cancer Society, according to the event’s official Web site. During the actual relay, members of each team take turns running or walking around a track.
“Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length,” according to the Web site.
The College will host this event in Mar. 19. Currently, the College has 34 teams and raised $9,024, according to Relay for Life’s Web site.
“We’re hoping to raise $40,000 for Relay for Life,” said Amanda Timlin, sophomore math major and co-vice president for Colleges Against Cancer. She also said that the money raised will ultimately go to the American Cancer Society.
This is the third year Cuts for Cancer was hosted and its first time taking place in the Student Center Atrium.
Although the event was unable to reach the $1,000 total it raised last year, Timlin remarked that “there was a constant flow” of people as WTSR, the College’s radio station, volunteered to DJ the event.
“I think our lack of attendance was due to the snow,” she said.
Dan Leva, sophomore statistics and finance major, also thought the event was successful. During the event, he and other members of his fraternity, Sigma Pi, raised around $100 by actively asking for donations in the Student Center. He also appreciated how some friends pooled their money together to pay for one person’s haircut.
“Finding the cure for cancer is something we want to be a part of, even if it’s as small as helping (to) promote and fundraise for the ‘Cuts for Cancer’ program.” Leva said. “Thankfully … Colleges Against Cancer allowed us to cosponsor the event and help raise money for Relay for Life.”