Students Fighting For a Cure
On the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse there are many campus organizations made up of students who have a passion towards the same things. On November 20, 2013 a group of students who are called Colleges Against Cancer hosted a team captain kickoff. This group is associated with the American Cancer Society. On this lovely Wednesday night, students got up in front of each other talking about how cancer is affecting each and every student on campus and the ways that these students could help. One of those ways was participating in Relay for Life, an event put on by the students involved in Colleges Against Cancer and sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This year’s event will be held at the Recreation Eagle Center on campus on April 11th at 6pm until April 12th at 6am. On the night of the team captain kickoff Colleges Against Cancer members were recruiting team captains to put a group of their family and friends together to raise as much money as they can. Not only were they recruiting teams but also giving a synapsis of what a Relay for Life event would be like. Some of the things that were summarized were Survivorship, Missions, and Luminaria. Missions talked about a fight back ceremony when the American Cancer Society inspires others to help and fight back against cancer by raising money and helping patients with emotional support. The message behind this ceremony symbolizes the point in a cancer patient battle where they are fighting for their life. Another inspirational event during the night is when survivors and their caregivers walk around the track while the other participants honor them by clapping for them as they walk in pride. And lastly not only do they honor the cancer patients who have overcome the deadly disease but also they remember the momory of the people who have lost the battle to this horrific disease.
While sitting in the audience during the team captain kickoff I learned from the American Cancer Society partner who is with Colleges Against Cancer, that Relay for Life started with only one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt. He ran for 24 hours while raising $27,000. After that year more and more people decided to participate with him raising more and more money.
The La Crosse Colleges Against Cancer has accomplished raising sufficient amount of money during their many years hosting Relay for Life. In 2013 they raised $73,695 in profit for cancer research. This year Colleges Against Cancer has set a goal of $75,000 and they would like to have about 70 teams participate. Not only do they raise money before hand but also during that night they have opportunities to raise money with various fundraising. In the past to name a few fundraisers they have had casino games, massages, selling’s of crafts, and photo shoots. Every year they have a theme and this year has been decided on a beach theme. This group of students has so much passion and motivation for the race for the cure. Not only do these students have passion they have a reason for fighting for their friends, family and neighbors. If you want to help these wonderful students with their passion and mission go to cancer.org.