Binghamton (WBNG Binghamton) Only one hour into the area's first high school-level Relay for Life event, students had raised $13,000 for the fight against cancer.
More than 200 Seton Catholic Central students spent the night walking laps in their high school gym at the 12-hour event. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the school hoped to raise money and awareness to save lives and honor those who have lost theirs.
"Like most of us, all of them have been touched by cancer in one way or another. They know a family member or friend who has fought the disease or who has lost the battle against the disease, so they could all relate to how important of a mission this is," said Principal Rich Bucci.
Students formed teams and created an online website to encourage the community to donate money for the cause, in addition to paying an entrance fee and preparing for the event months in advance.
"We have all kinds of activities that will be like challenges to raise more money through the night. Music, games, food to keep everyone energized. It's something that we're all excited about, we've been planning and it's an amazing turnout," said Seton junior Liam Fontaine.
Fontaine said most large-scale Relay for Life events raise a minimum of $25,000. For a school as small as Seton, the American Cancer Society said they were overwhelmed with the amount of money the students raised prior to the start of their evening,
Students hung signs that said "Cancer does not end at midnight," and will walk until 6 a.m. Saturday.