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Bears join the fight against cancer SJC Brooklyn Student-Athletes Raise over $7000 for cancer research

Over the past few weeks, the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) student-athletes continued their year-long community service efforts and did their part to join the fight against cancer participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Brooklyn on October 21 and the PurpleStride New Jersey Walk on November 11.

To date, the Bears have increased their fundraising totals from last year, and surpassed $7,000 for both the American Cancer Society and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

"For the past few years, the Breast Cancer Walk has been one of the most important community events for the St. Joseph’s College Athletic department and all of its student-athletes," remarked Sean Salomons, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president and a senior on the men's volleyball team. "Last year, all the teams came together to raise just over $5,000 for the cause. This year we have already surpassed that number and our goal this year is to raise $10,000."

"Our student-athletes have done an amazing job supporting these extremely important causes and have become true leaders within our community. I am lucky to have the opportunity to work with these students who are so eager to make a difference," concluded Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student-Athlete Services Kayla Koch, who oversees the department's community service efforts.

Top Fundraising Teams

Women's Softball

$2,431 for American Cancer Society

Women's Basketball

$1,790 for American Cancer Society

Baseball

$1,565 for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Women's Soccer

$859 for American Cancer Society

From the Student-Athletes

The walk meant a lot to me due to the fact that as a family we came together for a good cause. Everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another. With this walk we decided to fight one of the deadliest cancers known, we came together and supported one another in our fundraising attempts. The guys were all in, especially with us having to go out of state for this cause and it really does bring a team together when you come together against such a deadly disease.

Matthew Rienzi, junior, Baseball

Participating in the breast cancer walk for the second year was a fun and yet rewarding experience. It was truly amazing to see so many students athletes from various teams joining together and walking for the same cause.

Victoria Mahoney, senior, Softball

The walk was very nice. The whole atmosphere was such a blessing to see everyone support this disease. My team and I are behind all those in the fight of their lives. We stand with each and every individual who is battling pancreatic cancer and us being welcomed to walk with those who have the disease and to support them was such an honor.

Michael Ryan, sophomore, Baseball

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