Friday, March 8, 2013
Everybody Knows Somebody
Out of all the extracurricular activities I am a part of here at Fordham, the most rewarding for me has been being a part of the Relay For Life Committee. I, along with many members of the Fordham family, have cared for and supported many family members and friends who have suffered from cancer. These experiences encouraged me to join the Relay For Life committee last year and fight for a cure. I cannot think of anyone who has not cared for or known someone who battled or is battling cancer, which is why this organization holds a special place in my heart.
I currently serve as the Team Recruitment Committee Chair. Our main function is to promote raising money to join the fight against cancer through outreach to RAs/RDs, friends, family members, and other Fordham clubs. We encourage them to form their own teams and raise money throughout the school year until the major Relay For Life event. At last year's event, we raised about $23,000. This year, we are looking to more than double that amount with a goal of $45,000! By means of smaller events, fundraisers, and tabling throughout the year, we are very confident that we can reach this goal.
This year, the Relay For Life event will be held on Friday, April 12th, from 5 PM until 1 AM in the Lombardi Fieldhouse. It will be an amazing night of fundraising and learning about the impact that cancer has had on members of the Fordham community. There are raffles, prizes, games, food, performances by student-led groups, and a luminaria ceremony in which students light candles around a track commemorating loved ones who have passed away from cancer. A member of each team is constantly walking around the track because cancer never stops, and neither do we. We will have special laps throughout the night including an "MmmBop" lap in which people keep donating money to stop the song from playing over and over again, a caregiver lap, and a survivor lap.
For more information about Relay and to sign up and form a team, visit www.relayforlife.org/fordhamuniversityny and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fordhamrelayforlife.
Posted by Alyssa Carmusciano