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Chatham University to host second annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life on November 2

PITTSBURGH (October 29, 2012) … Chatham University will host its second annual Relay for Life from 5 p.m. on November 2 until 5 a.m. the following day in the Athletic and Fitness Center gymnasium on its Shadyside Campus.

In 2011, Chatham University started Relay for Life in honor of the late Professor Robert Cooley who passed away after serving the Chatham community for more then 34 years. Raising more than $12,000 in the fight against cancer, Chatham University is hoping to surpass last year’s fundraising efforts.

“Everyone is somehow touched by cancer one way or another, says Event Chair Rebecca Pressimone, who is a senior at Chatham. “Relay is an opportunity for the Chatham community to come together and promote cancer awareness.”

“I started doing Relay because community service is something I’ve always enjoyed taking part in,” says Event Co-chair Daeja Baker, graduate student at Chatham. “I also truly believed in the cause. Sometime during the early planning processes of our first Relay last year my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer. I then became very involved but chose not to share my story. I keep that struggle private but know in my heart why I relay.”

The Relay for Life fundraising efforts supports the American Cancer Society vision to create a world where cancer no longer threatens lives of loved ones. For information on creating or joining a team, visit Contact Rebecca Pressimone, event chair, at or Chatham University Student Affairs at or 412-365- 1527 for more information.

About Relay for Life
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome during the Survivors Lap. During the Luminaria Ceremony, we remember people lost to cancer, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer. The Fight Back Ceremony inspires Relay participants to take tangible action against a disease that has taken too much.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit


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