Cancer survivors kicked off the Relay for Life event at WSU

Westfield State has raised more than $160,000 in 4 years

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield State University students had a goal of raising more than $50,000 for cancer research, Friday night, during the Relay for Life event on campus.

More than 350 people gathered at the Woodward Center to participate in Friday’s event. Survivors kicked off the event, as they marched around the track. Later joined by caregivers, loved ones and students.

Cathy Patruski, a breast cancer survivor, told 22News it’s taught her family the importance of self-exams; “They knew how I found it, so it’s almost like a lesson to almost share years ago, and now it’s still the same.”

Meteorologist Adam Strzempko represented 22News at Friday’s Relay for Life at Westfield State, and we were a proud sponsor of the event.

In the last 4 years, Westfield State has raised more than $160,000.