Beating cancer one race at a time

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By Tamara Stone

was the first time I was actually able to,” she said.

On Jan. 7, Suarez was flown down to Florida Walt Disney World by Team in Training. A portion of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is dedicated to raising money for research through training marathon runners. “In order to do Team in Training, you have to raise $3250 dollars. Then they fly you to Florida and put the rest of the money towards finding a cure,” she explains.

How did she get the money? “I am eternally grateful for Union and all of the people who helped me reach my goal. A special thanks to Dean Schurick, Matt Mills, Jim McLaughlin, Joanne Little and Elizabeth Tiffany. They rallied together sending emails to Union faculty.”

Within three days of sending emails for donations, Suarez went from 50 percent to 110 percent of her fundraising goal. Two nights of “chuck-a-puck” proceeds at the Union hockey games were donated to her cause.“I ended up raising $4620 dollars,” she says. “It was incredible. It only solidified I had made the right choice coming to Union. I’m obsessed!”

Look out for the bone marrow drive Suarez is putting together with Colleges Against Cancer. “I’m hoping to hold the drive on March 11. That was the day I received my bone marrow transplant.”

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