De Pere Relay for Life 2014

Photography by Emily Goetz ’14
All Music Rights Reserved to: Sara Bareilles, Brave, The Blessed Unrest (2013)

By Sarah Wallenfang ’14
Treasurer, Colleges Against Cancer

Two weeks ago SNC Colleges Against Cancer in partner with the American Cancer Society put on another successful Relay for Life. The event took place on April 12. Throughout the day, 354 participants on 54 teams walked the track in Schuldes Sports Center as a way to cap off months of fundraising to further cancer research. The Relay went on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offered an array of activities for participants.

First up was the traditional “Dude Looks Like a Lady” contest, or this year to reflect the superhero theme “Dude Looks Like a Damsel in Distress,” where male team members in women’s clothing competed for donations. Game laps, a silent auction and a live band also offered entertainment during the event. An emotional midday survivor ceremony, where survivors walked a lap while other participants looked on, was a poignant moment that reminded everyone of the the importance of Relay.

Although fundraising doesn’t officially end until May 2, donations received to date for Relay for Life have totaled $46,835.08. While it is short of the $75,000 goal set by ACS it still is an amazing contribution coming from a small community. If you’re interested in donating, please visit the Relay for Life of De Pere page.

The annual collaboration between Colleges Against Cancer and ACS has continued to prove successful. Kristen Kwaterski, ’14, who was a member of the community Relay committee said, “This year I thought Relay went very well and want to thank everyone who made it possible. The community committee and SNC Colleges Against Cancer did a fantastic job collaborating and made this a successful event.”

Additionally, it’s easy to understand the success of Relay when considering how almost everyone has been affected by cancer in some way. Severina Scott, ’14, co-president of Colleges Against Cancer, said “I Relay for those who cannot. It’s so important to think about the people who could not participate in our event because cancer took their lives, and something I love about Relay is that we recognize their struggle and loss.” Although cancer is never something anyone wants to face, it’s vital that events like Relay face it head on and bring people together to realize that no matter how difficult it appears, we must never give up the fight.

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