Relay for Life: WC Students Down to Fight – Washington College’s First Relay for Life Event Raises More Than $39,000

By Brooke Paulshock
Elm Staff Writer

Washington College`s first Relay for Life was an unforgettable and extremely successful event. Overall the event raised over $39,000 for cancer research, exceeding the original goal of $35,000.

Relay for Life is a fundraising event of the American Cancer Society where the main objective is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, and remember those who have lost their lives to cancer. After months of planning and organization, sophomores Caitlyn Riehl and Devin Reilly made it possible for WC to hold its first Relay for Life this past Saturday, April 16, 2011.

More than 50 teams were assembled to raise money for the event. Gathering together in the Lifetime Fitness Center from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m., the team members experienced what junior participant Ann Eickelberg described as one of the “best nights at Washington College.”

The team’s rosters were filled with a variety of people including of athletes, faculty and staff members, sorority and fraternity members, and many others. For several team members this was their first time participating in Relay for Life. Junior Rachel Bartee was among those first time participants, saying the night was “a very fun and emotional experience.”

A young boy named Trey, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in high school, began the event as he spoke of the personal experiences he had with cancer. Cancer survivors, who were student`s parents, relatives, friends, and many others dear to our hearts, joined the WC community together to celebrate the cause in raising money to find a cure for cancer. The survivors and their caregivers took a lap around the track, and were soon joined with the rest of the participants. Everyone came together to celebrate the strength and life of those cancer survivors that were present.

Many exciting activities were planned throughout the night for all to participate in. Activities such as Fear Factor, a Chipotle Burrito Eating Contest, Karaoke, and many more were planned to keep the night exciting and full of laughter. Class President Andrew Antonio, who won the title of Ms. Relay (a contest requiring male students to dress up as women,) raised over $300 in ‘tips.’

Locks of Love also came to WC, asking for those interested to donate 10 inches or more of their hair to make wigs for those who lost their hair to cancer. To everyone`s surprise, 30 girls ended up donating their hair to Locks of Love. Sophomore Darcy Zinc was one of the girls who donated her hair, not planning on donating until seeing what a great cause it went towards and remembering her babysitter, who was diagnosed with cancer.

“It feels great knowing that my hair is going to make someone feel the same way my babysitter did. It’s amazing to know that there were thirty of us that donated hair and I know that our locks will definitely be loved,” said Zinc.

“Team Psyched” members Danny Wood and Duncan Leech, took it upon themselves to walk for 12 straight hours, finishing the night with a total of 25.8 miles traveled. Wood said “it was a great feeling and I hope that in future years, more students will push themselves through fatigues and pain to fight against cancer.”

Reflecting upon the event and her decision to donate her hair, senior Brittany Bonday said, “the turnout was great and the fact that we raised over $39,000 and had over thirty girls donate their hair, makes me proud to be a WC student.”

All the hard work that was put into making this event possible paid off and students are excited for what next year’s Relay for Life will bring.

April 22, 2011
Volume LXXXI Issue 23

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *