A.A. Stagg High School along with the other two high schools in District 230 each year organize a Relay For Life event with the American Cancer Society, and this year I got to be co-captain with some of my closest friends and lead a group of people that were there to help fight the fights that no one wants to be a part of. We spent the whole night from 5 pm on May 10th to6 am May 11th at Sandburg High School as a part of the overnight for the relay!
Before we go on, I have to say that Cancer is something that has impacted all of us on some level. Whether you or a really close one has had it, in some way, shape, or form, you were probably impacted by it. The truth is that an event like Relay really builds a community of people that are willing to go fight and support the researchers, doctors, nurses, and volunteers that are going out to not only help out those who are currently struggling with it but also finding a cure and supporting survivors. It was so nice to see all of these people come together and give some a shoulder to cry on, some a platform to stand on, and some a concrete belief in the fact that we will fight this till the end.
Our team name was Cancer Cops, and due to my background in Marketing I came up with the slogan, "We're policing Cancer". When it came to the logistics and the back end of our team, I took care of all the donations and paperwork coming in, Danielle, one of our co-captains, took care of the shirts and the merchandise for our team, Peter, another co-captain, took care of the fundraising materials (we sold Blow-Pops for $.50 a piece), and Evelyn, our last Co-Captain was in charge of getting all the supplies ready for the day of the event. We had a HUGE TEAM of over 15 people! And so having 4 team captains was a NECESSITY!
All in all, we had a great team of people who were motivated to getting active for the cause! We were able to raise over $2,000. Our team members where: Karolina Tylka Brianna Del Real, Nada Mohammad, Emilie Salcedo, Brianna Mattson, Taranjit Braich, Nichole Kuduk, Angela Ruiz, Avery Ahrendt, and Kennedy Arseneau. A special thanks also to our sponsors and chaperons, Mrs. Thoss and Ms. Blattner! We couldn't have done it without all of these people!
I cannot wait to see what we are able to accomplish next year. For sure, we now know that we are a team of people that are able to help one another and become a sort of support group when times get tough. Thank you to all of those wonderful people from D230 Relay who made it possible, and in the end, all of the teams donated over $160,000! (That's a LOT of money!)
In times like these, where it can feel so hard to keep going due to many different factors in our lives, whether it is cancer or anything else, it is important to know that you have someone to rely on. We learned that night that we have each other.
Of course, if you really want to see how the whole event went, I recommend watching the following YouTube video where I don't have a shoe on, and we're doing the Cha Cha slide at 3 a.m. Relay, in simple words, was amazing!