When Kory Fogarty ’19 began planning Relay for Remission with his friends back in the fall of 2018, he knew that the event’s one goal was to bring the Hamilton community together behind a cause important to him – a cure for cancer.
Despite the untimely snowfall (though just 3 days before May – in typical Central New York fashion), Fogarty’s mission certainly held true. With over 40 teams and 160 people participating, Relay for Remission proved a success, as participants – covered in mud – ran, swam, crawled, and hopped their way to the end of the obstacle course. All proceeds from both the event and the t-shirt sale were donated to the American Cancer Society, Abraham House, and Light Hill Comfort Care Home.
Fogarty arranged Relay of Remission as a way to honor his father and grandfather, who both passed away from cancer over a year ago. He believes that the event is a way to honor both of them, raise awareness about cancer, and generate support for the countless families affected by the disease. At the same time, as a senior, Fogarty also wanted to establish a lasting tradition at Hamilton, initiating an annual event with a meaningful impact.
The event would not have been possible without support from several businesses in Clinton, New Hartford, and Canandaigua, all of which provided generous sponsorships. Further, the event was in partnership with various other on-campus organizations, such as BLSU, WHCL, and the Student Activities Office. Following the obstacle course, participants and members of the Hamilton community at large convened in the Annex, where the event continued with music, food, and raffles.