By: Casey Dennis
(Carlisle, Pa.) - Dickinson College hosted the annual Relay For Life event on April 6-7, 2018 at the Kline Center, as a part of NCAA Division III Week. The Dickinson community raised $30,000, with nearly 500 participants from the Carlisle community and student body coming together for an all-evening inclusive event.
16 teams were comprised of Dickinson's student-athletes, students, faculty and staff, and community members rallying for the cause. This 33-year-old event supports the American Cancer Foundation by raising funds and resources for preventative education, cures, and most importantly hope for those who are currently battling cancer.
Dickinson's event was led by Relay For Life Committee Chairs, Marguerite Adams '18, Julia Baker '18, and Allison Boni '18. Adams, Baker, and Boni reflected on why this event is so impactful for the Dickinson community, and beyond.
"The Dickinson swimming program has contributed immensely to the success of Relay for Life. Their passion and dedication to the cause is truly inspiring. They raised over $6,000 this year which is an extraordinary contribution to the American Cancer Society! Team Dickinson, which comprises Dickinson Administrators and Staff, raised over $5,500, and Pi Beta Phi raised just over $5,000. These three teams were our top fundraising teams this year — a big congratulations to them! Having a leadership role in this event provides me with an excellent support network. I have built some amazing friendships by being involved in Colleges Against Cancer (the club which organizes the Relay for Life event). I will foster the memories we have made for many years after graduating from Dickinson." Marguerite Adams '18
"Dickinson's Relay for Life is a great way for people to come together on campus. Cancer is something that has had an impact on almost everyone, and it is great to see how many people come out to support such a great cause. It is always our goal to increase the amount of participants we have and money raised. It is so great to see how many people are involved in Relay each year, and we would love to see even more of the Dickinson community participate in the event." Julia Baker '18
"I Relay for my mom, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. I was only 10 when she was diagnosed so it was difficult for me to grasp the situation. Now, looking back, I have a better understanding of how hard she fought back against the disease. I dedicate each Relay to her because I could not imagine my life without her." Allison Boni '18