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Radcliffe Lightweights Raise Money for Cancer Research

BOSTON-The Radcliffe lightweight crew joined more than 7,000 participants Saturday in the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure. The 17th annual event raised close to $800,000 for breast cancer research.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is a series of five-kilometer runs and fitness walks that raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and memorializes those who have died from the disease.

Team captains Amanda Pfabe and Grace Hollowell organized the Radcliffe effort. The team participated in the Team Challenge category and raised more than $2,800 in the fight against breast cancer. Each team- member raised $50 or more toward the team goal, with junior Leah Schwartz leading the fundraising by collecting contributions totaling more than $600.

Schwartz finished first among her teammates and fifth in the 20-29 age group in the run, with a time of 21:02. However, it was the cause, not the result, that motivated her.

"Running in this year's Race for the Cure was an incredible experience," said Schwartz. "It was really moving to arrive on race day and see thousands of people working together to make breast cancer history. Participating in this event with my entire team reminded me why I'm so proud to row for Radcliffe."

The Radcliffe lightweights hope to make this an annual fundraising event for the team.