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MC students to hold a mini-relay in Huff Center

April 15, 2011

Last fall, Monmouth College students learned that for the first time since 2002 the college would not be hosting the annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The relay at Monmouth College had been seeing a decline in funds raised compared to other colleges.

A group of students on campus, some members of the previous Relay for Life committee, were sad to see the relay cancelled and still wanted to do something to spread the word of cancer around the Monmouth College campus.

Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) was established by a group of students who wanted to keep the awareness of cancer alive on campus. The group, made up of roughly ten students, had a goal of spreading awareness rather than raising money for the American Cancer Society.

The committee came together last fall and began fundraising with events such as BreastFest and is also hosting a “mini” relay on Saturday, April 16, from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Huff Athletic Center.

The mini-relay this year will be similar to relays in the years past. There will be plenty of activities to keep participants entertained, including a knock-out tournament, juice flippy cup and pong, trivia games and a talent show.

In place of the luminaries, CAC will have ribbons that can be purchased in honor of those who have been touched by cancer. CAC will also be selling T-shirts for ten dollars, and all donations and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Buffalo Wild Wings will also be present at the mini-relay selling wings.

“Honestly, I have no idea what to expect,” said senior Kayce DeRoo. “In all actuality whether we have 5 people or 100 people, we are still raising awareness about cancer!”

The Colleges Against Cancer committee hopes to continue the tradition of raising awareness of cancer to the Monmouth College campus in the years to come.

“We are hoping as the years go on that more students will be interested in this new program offered,” said DeRoo.

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