Cabrini is preparing for the Relay for Life to come onto campus for the first time. Students are in the midst of planning and getting participants for the event, scheduled to happen on March 20.
The Relay for Life is an event that raises funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The event’s main feature is a continuous walk around a track. The event, which is overnight, has teams walking throughout the night to raise money. Other features are the Survivor Lap and Survivor Dinner. While the events main feature is to raise money, celebrating those who have won their battle is important.
“Everyone, at some point in their lives, is affected by cancer in some way.” Katie Keller, sophomore accounting major and event co-chair, said. “The American Cancer Society and RFL realize this and are working to help those victims of cancer with fundraisers such as this.”
At Cabrini the road to get this event is a long one. After freshmen last year attended the RFL at Villanova they were inspired to bring it their own campus. “Last April I contacted the American Cancer Society and spoke to a representative,” Danielle DiBartolo, co-chair and sophomore social work, sociology and psychology major, said. “We met in May before we went home for the semester and decided we were going to do it. I talked with people from Cabrini all summer to pick a date and get approval and our committee started meeting in August and we have been working hard since then.”
Getting momentum in the planning has been going on for a while and is going well. Getting people signed up and excited is a different story. “A challenge we have faced and are facing now still is a general lack of familiarity of Relay for Life on campus,” Keller said. “Since this is new to Cabrini, many students did not know what RFL does or who it is affiliated with.”
“We are a first-time event and getting word out there is really hard,” DiBartolo said. “We also were not given a set guideline of what to do or how to make it happen. Our American Cancer Society representative is incredible and she has helped us every step of the way but the majority of the logistics and making it run smoothly is up to us.”
Current numbers are good with 16 teams and almost $3,000 raised. The goal, 200 participants and $20,000, may be far but not impossible.
The committee hopes that their hard work this year will lead to an annual event. “We hope as an executive committee to eventually pass our responsibilities and what we have started on campus to future students,” Keller said. “It is for an amazing cause and in some way or another everyone is affected by cancer,” DiBartolo added.
For more information on the event and how to start a team or donate visit www.relayforlife.org/pacabrini.