Sweet Briar College business students raised nearly $3,000 in two recent fundraisers to benefit the Jennifer Hunter Yates Sarcoma Foundation. Both events were held in honor of Sweet Briar student Claire Shaw ’15, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma this summer.
The zombie race “Run For Your Life,” which took place on Oct. 28 on the College’s campus, brought in approximately $400, though T-shirt sales continued to add revenue after the event. The race required runners to navigate a 5-kilometer course while being ambushed by “zombies.” As part of their registration fee, runners each received a T-shirt and a raffle ticket; those who came back with at least one life flag left on their belt were given five extra tickets to enter.
“All runners seemed to enjoy the course and many expressed how much fun they had,” said junior Grace Griffin, who helped organize the race with her Business Seminar I class, formerly known as the management lab.
About 30 runners and 25 zombies participated in the event.
While the zombie run was certainly the more dramatic of the two events, it was the free spaghetti luncheon and silent auction that yielded the greatest impact. Held Nov. 4 at First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, “Dining for a Cure” generated $2,423 in donations for the Yates Foundation. The business students received support from the Sweet Briar Cooking Club, which prepared and served the meal, and from members of the Sweet Tones, Sweet Briar’s student a cappella group, who performed during the event.
Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare form of cancer affecting the bone and soft tissues of the body. Shaw, a Lynchburg native and 2011 graduate of E.C. Glass High School, is currently in Boston for treatment.
The Jennifer Hunter Yates Sarcoma Foundation was founded in 2004 in memory of Jennifer Hunter Yates, who was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 31. Her family and friends took her negative circumstances and used them as motivation to found an organization that will aid others diagnosed with the disease long after her time. According to the foundation’s website, donations are used to conduct “drug trials, sarcoma conferences, or other research at [Massachusetts General Hospital] involving sarcoma,” to help pair current patients with survivors in hopes of sharing inspiration and motivation, and to provide financial support to families so they can stay with loved ones who are undergoing treatment.