Funds raised at vigil for Cornell President Garrett will go to cancer fund in her name

March 9, 2016 by Rachel Cera

Students who organized a candlelight vigil in memory of Cornell president Elizabeth Garrett, who died Sunday night, are donating funds raised at the vigil to a cancer research fund in her name.

A candlelight vigil at Cornell for President Garrett. Photo from Cornell live view webcam.A candlelight vigil at Cornell for President Garrett. Photo from Cornell live view webcam.President Garrett died just a month after announcing that she would be "beginning an aggressive treatment program" following a diagnosis of colon cancer, and she went in for surgery on February 19th. Students, staff, and faculty observed a moment of silence on Monday afternoon, and students organized a candlelight vigil on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday, Dean Laurie Glimcher of Weill Cornell Medicine announced the launch of the President Elizabeth Garrett Fund for Colon Cancer Research, and organizers of the vigil say the $279.01 raised through donations for candles will be donated to the fund.

"Before her untimely death, Beth expressed her desire to create a fund at Weill Cornell Medicine to advance research in colon cancer," Dr. Glimcher said yesterday. The fund, she added, "is a fitting tribute to a wonderful individual who was committed to Cornell, to public service, and to compassionate patient care."

In announcing the fund, Dr. Glimcher's statement said that, excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

"It is a tragedy that Beth’s life was cut short so soon," added Glimcher. "It’s also a painful reminder of why we’re all here -- to advance medical research and offer patients the best care, so that they can achieve their dreams and live as fully as possible."

Additional donations to the President Elizabeth Garrett Fund for Colon Cancer Research at the Meyer Cancer Center can be sent to Weill Cornell Medicine, 1300 York Ave., Box 314, New York, NY 10065.

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