More than 1,000 SMU community members walked all night April 13-14 to raise money and awareness for cancer research during the 9th annual Relay For Life cancer fundraiser.

Katie Schaible of Relay for Life at SMU

Kathryn Schaible

SMU’s 2012 Relay For Life had raised more than $123,000, as of Monday (April 16), and donations continue to come it. Funds raised by the event, which took place on the University’s Bishop Boulevard, will benefit the American Cancer Society.

In just two months before the relay, SMU first-year student Kathryn Schaible, whose father died of melanoma when she was 14, raised $20,000 in pledges for the cause.

“I know how cancer can break a family down and change your life,” Schaible said prior to the relay. “The Relay For Life fundraising experience has been much more than raising money. It has given me the opportunity to spread awareness, and talk about treatment and prevention. Educating people and sharing my story has kept me committed to this project.”

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