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April 29, 2010

EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette community came together on a rainy Sunday afternoon to take part in the inaugural SAAC 5K for Lauren's First and Goal and helped raise $2,610.

More than 200 runners participated in the event that was staffed by 30-plus student volunteers from the Student Athletic Advisory Council. The student-athlete volunteers directed runners through the 3.1 mile course and prepared food for participants at the finish line.

"We're really happy with the success of the inaugural SAAC 5K for Lauren's First and Goal," said incoming SAAC Chair Kim Sorace, a women's soccer player. "Despite the weather, we had a great turnout of students, coaches, faculty, and community members. It was great to see everyone, especially the student athletes, come out and support a great cause, while having some fun. We can't wait to start planning for next year."

Lauren's First and Goal funding has been dedicated to specific research studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the UCLA Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Brookhaven National Lab and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Duke University Brain Tumor Center through the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the US. The Foundation also funds pediatric cancer services including pet therapy programs, patient advocacy initiatives, and social and support group opportunities, and aids families living with a pediatric cancer diagnosis.