April 07, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Cancer survivors and their caregivers led the first lap of
the Mount’s Relay for Life.
Mount Saint Mary College’s eighth annual Relay for Life earned
more than $21,000 for the American Cancer Society, thanks to the
efforts of students, faculty, staff, and volunteers from the
About 300 members of more than 30 teams took turns walking laps
from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. to honor those who have or were lost to
cancer and to raise money for a cure.
Survivors, including students, faculty, and alumni, were guests
The Mount Relay Leadership Committee was spearheaded by Briana
Cherwinski of Valatie, N.Y., Shannon Ryan of Brooklyn, N.Y., and
Marissa Siegel of Selden, N.Y.
Relay participant and cancer survivor, Diana Pernicano of
Yorktown Heights, N.Y. said that her battle against the illness
began in fall 2013 when she found a lump in her neck during a
hands-on lesson in a nursing class. She credits the Mount course
with saving her life. Pernicano received treatment for Hodgkin’s
lymphoma immediately, and is now cancer free.
“As nursing students, we’re taught to spread healthy habits,”
she noted. “Relay for Life is all about healthy programs and
habits, so it’s helped me to become a better nurse.”
The Mount’s Relay for Life was sponsored by the Colleges Against
Cancer Club, the Student Activities Office, and the American Cancer
The event has raised about $225,000 to fight cancer in the last