April 19, 2016
Communications and Marketing
With a record-breaking $95,974 raised for the American Cancer Society, the Saint Anselm College community participated in the most successful Relay for Life event the college has ever seen. Starting at 6 p.m. on April 8, 55 teams of students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Carr Center for the all-night event dedicated to honoring survivors and those who have lost their battles with cancer, as well as raising money and awareness for cancer research and services.
The night was kicked off with an enthusiastic and rousing welcome address from the Associate Dean of Students Andrew Litz, and the event's student planners Jessica Gipson '16 and Jennifer Hoyt '16. Stories of students, faculty, and staff impacted by cancer, including Nicole Francischelli '18, Danielle Phinney '18, and Amy Clancy '16 whose families experienced the disease, were shared.
Health Services staff member and cancer survivor Kristina Wilson served as the 2016 Grand Marshal. With her children by her side, she spoke of a courageous battle and inspiring victory over the disease. Wilson then led the "survivor's lap" around the Carr Center, with the 962 other participants joining in behind her.
Early into the morning of April 9, participants were still full of energy and enthusiasm as they took part in different activities like musical chairs, tug-of-war, limbo, and more. The Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation was the most popular event of the night with at least 37 participants donating enough hair to make 5 wigs for women battling cancer.
This year's top student fundraiser was Terrence Walsh '16, president of the Red Key Society, with $3,930, contributing to the society's generous total of $10,450 raised.
Courtney Puccio '17, a member of the Relay for Life Committee and the Elizabeth Seton Society says, "Relay for Life is one of my favorite events held here on campus. We all feel so proud of each other and of all the Anselmians who worked hard and fundraised to make Relay so successful!"
Walsh, Gipson, and Hoyt had assistance in planning the event from Charles Dooley '16, president of the King Edward Society, Nicholas Marino '16, president of Alpha Phi Omega, and other members of the service societies on campus.
Last year, the 930 student, faculty, and staff member participants raised over $75,000.
The Saint Anselm Relay for Life is named in honor of Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C., a former Campus Minister at the college who passed away in May 2009. At the 2008 walk, Sr. Pauline served as the Grand Marshal. The event was named in her memory the following year.
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Story by Lauren Wanless '17