Graduate Relief Team to Participate in Relay for Life
On Saturday, May 11, members of the Graduate Relief Team will participate in the Dartmouth/Hanover/Lebanon Relay for Life event through the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life is the world’s largest fundraising effort to create a world with more birthdays by eliminating cancer from our lives.
The event held at Dartmouth is just one of over 5,000 events held in the United States, and the United States is just one of 20 participating countries. Each year, participants raise over $3.5 million dollars to be used in support of the American Cancer Society’s mission goals: patient support, prevention, research, and detection/treatment. Through these fundraising efforts, the American Cancer Society has been able to build Hope Lodge facilities across the country to provide free accommodations to patients and caregivers, develop the Road to Recovery program to provide free transportation to patients, and provide unbiased information to constituents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help in making informed decisions about cancer treatments.
Like all Relay for Life events, the Dartmouth/Hanover/Lebanon event will have several key moments to recognize the goals of Relay for Life. There will be a Survivor’s Lap, the first lap at every event, to celebrate the strength of the survivors and their caregivers. The Luminaria will be lit in a candlelight ceremony later in the night to remember those who fought cancer in the past and support those who are battling it now. And finally, there will be a Fight Back Ceremony to inspire all Relayers to continue their effort to raise money and awareness and to remind everyone of why we Relay.
Marie Onakomaiya, a member of both the 2012 and 2013 Relay for Life Graduate Relief Teams, described her experience at last year’s event as “amazing.” She added, ”I think the event showed, in the best way possible, the support and strength within our community to fight back and never give up in trying to overcome the far-reaching effects of cancer. I was especially moved by the Luminaria ceremony where we remembered and honored those who were battling or were lost to cancer.”
Last year, the members of the Graduate Relief Team (Adina Fischer, Amanda Balboni, Andrew DeCastro, Anna Hatch, Fadzai Chinyengetere, Lan Guo, Lisa Marie Mustachio, Marie Onakomaiya, Sondra Downey and Stela Celaj) were able to raise over $1,700 for the Relay for Life event, and with $1,235 raised so far, we are well on our way to surpassing that amount this year.
If you are interested in joining the Relay for Life Graduate Relief Team or supporting our fundraising efforts with a donation, please visit our webpage and look out for future fundraisers happening on campus!
by Erin O’Malley