Elon Relay for Life raises over $110,000 for American Cancer Society

By Ginna Royalty

The Colleges Against Cancer executive team holds up this year’s total. Photo submitted by Nina Stevens

More than 40 teams came together to raise money for the American Cancer Society on Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for Colleges Against Cancer’s fifth annual Relay for Life. The event was hosted in the PARC in Danieley Center where the participants would “take a walk in the PARC” to remember loved ones and celebrated cancer survivors.

CAC had a goal of raising $100,000 and were able to raise $110,652.45 for the American Cancer Society, surpassing their total from last year by about $20,000. Elon was able to represent themselves well, becoming the largest collegiate Relay for Life in North Carolina.

“Relay gives people a chance to see those that are impacted by cancer and those people that their fundraising is helping,” said Ali Leroy, junior.”

“I love Relay because it reminds me of why I celebrate, remember and fight back every day. It’s not just for me and the individuals that I relay for, but for everyone affected by cancer.”

Rebecca Venetianer, the executive director, speaks to the crowd during the event. Photo submitted by Nina Stevens.

Many of the student organizations were represented with teams, including a team called “Kickin it with Colie,” which consisted of friends and teammates of Nicole “Colie” Dennion, who passed away from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare childhood bone cancer.

During the 12-hour event, representatives from each team took turns walking around the gym to represent how cancer never sleeps. There were plenty of activities to keep them occupied, including sunrise yoga, a capella groups and food trucks.

“The executive board was so dedicated and passionate this year and that really drove the committees and the participants to do the best they could and have the best time, the img_6312.pngenergy was there all night which was great,” said Nina Stevens, senior.

There was also an opportunity for students to cut their hair to be made into wigs for cancer patients.

“I decided to cut my hair because it broke my heart seeing my best friend Catherine lose her hair,” said Carly Blau. “She didn’t feel like herself and didn’t truly feel beautiful again until she got her first wig.”

“I hope that by cutting my hair I will be giving another cancer patient the same happiness and hope that Catherine felt when she got her wig.”

The money from the event goes towards cancer research as well as helping provide people with tools for cancer prevention, 24/7 psychological services and more access to treatments centers with transportation and lodging.

To find a Relay for Life event near you, check out this link: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/;jsessionid=00000000.app365a?NONCE_TOKEN=A591037D5A1B29CCC24FC40DD25EBEA7&pagename=relay