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American Cancer Society Club Supports Cancer Research and Awareness at Relay for Life
On May 17, eleven girls from SJND's American Cancer Society club, led by president Allie Oilar ’15, attended Relay for Life in San Leandro to participate in the fight against cancer. Over the course of two months, club members raised over $2,000 from Krispy Kreme doughnut sales and donations from friends and family to support cancer research and awareness. Additionally, Team SJND raised approximately $200 in henna tattoo sales at the actual event to contribute to their team goal of $1,000. Erica Smith ’15 put her artistic talents to work as she tattooed fellow relayers walking laps around the track.
Relay for Life gave the club the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and come together with other groups in the community to support a common cause. Toni Gadar '15 said, "The American Cancer Society club made it possible for me to participate in the event with a team. It's important to raise money for cancer research because a lot of people are affected by cancer, whether they were survivors or had family members who battled cancer in some way." Her favorite part of the event, although emotional, was the Luminaria ceremony which honored loved ones who lost their lives to cancer. The students also enjoyed bonding with one another as they camped out on the track for 24 hours at the marina in Monarch Bay.
Relay for Life takes place across multiple cities in the Bay Area over several weekends. Relay for Life in Alameda will be held at Encinal High School on June 21 at 10 a.m.