Huge Relay for Life Event Fights Cancer
Julie Bolitho '06, Nicole Lowis '05, and Juliann Schaffer '03
Juliann Schaffer '03 and the Alma College community want to put cancer to sleep by encouraging students and staff to stay awake for 24 hours.
An Americorps VISTA volunteer, Schaffer is the College's organizer for the 2005 American Cancer Society Relay for Life March 11-12. This year, an unprecedented 26 teams are helping the cause by raising money to help fight cancer.
Working under Schaffer's direction to find volunteers and develop publicity, Nicole Lowis '05 is the event chair and Julie Bolitho '06 is the event co-chair. According to Service Learning Coordinator Anne Ritz, the participation by individuals and campus organizations is far ahead of expectations in the first year of Alma College's participation in the cancer-fighting event.
During a recent kick-off event, several cancer survivors, including Bolitho, rallied volunteers with their inspirational stories. The Admissions Office is building Scots Day, one of their main student recruitment events, around the Relay Saturday to showcase the level of volunteerism by Alma College students.
The Alma College Relay For Life event begins Friday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at the Alan J. Stone Recreation Center and ends 24 hours later. For more information about the event contact Schaffer at (989) 463-7971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: Tue, March 1st, 2005 at 3:40PM