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Columbia College's Relay for Life team raises more than $20,000

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Throughout the past year, the Columbia College Relay for Life team raised $20,824 for the fight against cancer.

The fundraising culminated on June 23 at the 2012 Boone County Relay for Life held at the MizzouRec Complex in Columbia, where Columbia College’s total bested 58 competitors by more than $5,000.

“I want to make a change in the fight against cancer - to help find a cure,” team captain Stephanie Johnson said. “Almost everyone has been touched by cancer, either through their own personal battle or through someone they love.” From 2000 to 2012, the Columbia College Relay for Life team has raised a total of $162,034 in the fight against cancer.This year, Columbia College raised funds through a variety of activities including: garage sales, basketball games, 50/50 raffles, a basketball tourney, trivia night, Penny Wars, silent auction, flower sales, tumbler sales, can crushing, donation jars in customer services offices, profit shares and various other sales that featured items from Mary Kay, Pampered Chef and Luminaria.

The team also received generous donations from friends and family supporting their cause.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 70,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit