This year’s Relay For Life is Friday, April 26th from 6pm-6am. This year the theme is a big birthday party because we’re celebrating more birthdays! Registration starts at 4pm the day of the event, but you can also preregister online. Starting April 16th, the registration fee will be $20. Each person is asked to raise $100 for the cause in order to get a Relay t-shirt. Everyone in the Capital Region is invited to attend Relay. If you can’t make it to the event, donations are still accepted.
Last week, I sat down with graduate student and Relay For Life Co-Chair, Kathleen Gargan to discuss this year’s event. Kathleen graduated from Saint Rose in May 2012 with a BA in English. She is currently a College Student Services Administration (CSSA) major.
How have you prepared for this year’s Relay For Life?
This year is the first full year that Relay For Life is completely student run. We are a Colleges Against Cancer club now, which is a nationally recognized and one our campus is a Student Association club. In the fall, we had a ‘Paint the Campus Pink’ week for Breast Cancer Awareness and we encouraged people to go down to Washington Park for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Rachel O’ Connor, the education chair, led that entire week and she did all the events with her committee. In November, the advocacy chair, Kayli Hurd, led events for the The Great American Smoke-Out. She had over 260 petitions signed to make Washington Park smoke-free. Sophia Karnavezos, the Caregiver Chair, led National Caregiver month in November. We educated the Saint Rose community on what caregivers are. We’ve noticed that there are a lot of caregivers on campus, but they don’t identify with the title because they don’t think what they’ve done necessarily qualifies them to be a caregiver.
Last year we didn’t start planning until January. The Office of Residence Life used to run Relay. We were actually very odd in the fact that we had an office running Relay because typically on a college campus, students run the event. It was a lot for one office to put on by themselves and we almost didn’t have a Relay. It was me and 3 other people that really started getting the ball rolling last year, so we didn’t start until January. We had a lot of passionate students that joined the committee and I was so proud of every Saint Rose Relayer. We ended the year with $28,000. Nationals goal for our college is $30,000 and that was also the goal we picked for ourselves. The highest amount Saint Rose ever raised was $52,000. Hopefully one day, we can get it back up there.