Relay for Life Raises Money for Cancer, Provides Students with Opportunities for Advancement

By: Jenn Tyborski

Relay for Life, a fundraiser for cancer, raised over $10,000 and attracted over 100 participants last April. Roosevelt will rally to support the American Cancer Society again in the spring.

Brenden Paradise and Cara Garvey, both integrated marketing communication majors, held an informational meeting for students interested in Relay for Life on Sept. 12. Students have the option to become committee chairs, committee members or volunteers.

Alie Vahlkamp, a first year student, attended the meeting– on Thursday to get information about volunteering for the event.

“I was really active with Relay at my hometown,” Vahlkamp said. “We used to have one of the biggest ones in the country, so it’s always been a really big thing in my life.”

According to Paradise, the goals of the event are to give back to the American Cancer Society, to strengthen the Roosevelt community and to further execute the university’s social justice mission.

In Illinois alone, 67,000 people each year are diagnosed with cancer. However, there are 13 million survivors living the United States today, according to the American Cancer Society.

The event not only raises money and awareness for cancer research, but it also provides students with an opportunity to work with the university to give back to the community.

“Honestly, I’ve never felt so connected to my school, other than I have the last year up to even to the day after Relay,” Garvey said. “It’s an amazing experience, and it’s a really great way to be involved at Roosevelt.”

 Last year, Paradise was one of the core members that brought the event to campus. Now, Paradise is a senior and continues to be a strong member of facilitating Relay for Life at Roosevelt.

“For me, I would like to see more of the outside community get involved, like sponsorships and more faculty and staff, to be honest,” Paradise said.

For more information regarding the event visit the Relay for Life Roosevelt University fan page on Facebook.

To apply for a position:

Or email the group at

(replace twitter with bird image) Twitter: relay4lifeRU.


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