MARTIN, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2014 – STUDENT RELAY TEAM – The University of Tennessee at Martin student Relay for Life executive committee was named one of the best in the state as it raised more that $25,000 in this past year’s Relay. Members of the executive committee receiving the award included (from left to right) Syrena Flowers, of Jackson, Amy Belote, of Martin, Travis Henry, of Lexington, and Kayla Brockmeyer, of Jackson.

MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin Student Relay for Life advisors know all too well about the pain of cancer.

Seven years ago, Dr. Desiree McCullough, interim director for Institutional Research and associate professor of mathematics and statistics, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.

The other advisor, Dr. Victoria Seng, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Like McCullough, she has survived for more than seven years.

The two advisors, who are in remission now, were at this past Monday night’s meeting and saw the student chapter’s executive committee get several awards.

The UT Martin chapter received a plague for being the top Collegiate Relay for Life event in West Tennessee in 2013. The student chapter and was also recognized with a banner for Weakley County which has four Relay for Life events (UT Martin, Weakley West, Weakley Southwest and Weakley East).

All four chapters were recognized as No. 6 in the nation per capita for more than $175,000.

This past year, UT Martin had 35 teams participate in its relay and raised more than $25,000.

“I challenge you to put forward your best effort and raise more than $25,000,” UT Martin Student Relay for Life assistant executive director Mary Allie Clayton, a junior from Murfreesboro, said.

This year’s goal is $40,000, 40 teams and the theme is Hollywood, said Syrena Flowers, a senior from Jackson, who is this year’s executive director of the UT Martin Relay for Life.

“Through you all we can get together and fight cancer,” Flowers said.

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