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How important is the Relay for Life? Just ask one of last year's participants.

Over 200 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community spent the night walking around the track inside the dome raising awareness and funds to fight cancer.

Posted: Apr 13, 2019 11:47 PM

UTICA, NY – Utica College’s Colleges Against Cancer hosted its 5th annual Relay for Life Saturday to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The event took place in the Todd and Jen Hutton Sports and Recreation Center Dome.

Over 200 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community spent the night walking around the track inside the dome raising awareness and funds to fight cancer.

Jason VanBenSchoten has participated in previous Relay for Life events at the college.

Last year he discovered just how beneficial the Relay for Life can be.

Hours after the event came to an end, VanBenSchoten collapsed.

He would later be diagnosed with brain cancer.

“Here I am supporting cancer funding, not knowing I have cancer myself. Get home and pass out. Thank God my wife was there. I would have just laid down on the floor and died. This is life changing stuff. I mean you can go have a beer at the bar, or you can come down and save a life.”

Jason is back at Utica College working on his masters.

He recently underwent his last chemotherapy treatment.

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