Relay for Life to be Held on Trinity College Campus April 15 and 16

Annual American Cancer Society Fundraiser Aims to Raise $25,000 This Year

​Hartford, Connecticut, April 13, 2016 – Trinity College’s 11th annual Relay for Life will take place at the Koeppel Community Sports Center on Friday, April 15, through the morning of Saturday, April 16. The overnight fundraiser for cancer research starts at 8 p.m. Friday with an opening ceremony, and ends at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Special events scheduled during the night include a Survivors’ Lap, a Caregivers’ Lap, and a Luminaria Ceremony.

​The 2015 Relay for Life at Trinity College.
Relay for Life is a nationwide fundraising initiative of the American Cancer Society designed to raise money and awareness for cancer research and treatments. It was started in May 1985 by Dr. Gordy Klatt, who ran for 24 hours on the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. In those 24 hours he ran and walked 83.6 miles and raised $27,000 through pledges. Today, Relay for Life has raised nearly $5 billion in fundraising for research through events across the country.

This year’s Trinity College Rely for Life Executive Committee is made up of four students: Carina Leggio ’18, Brenna Webber ’17, Catherine Poirier ’17, and Ali Chalfin ’17; American Cancer Society representative Mariah Nolan; and Trinity College Community Outreach staff member Alinafe Tengatenga.

Poirier has been involved with Relay for Life before she even came to Trinity. “In high school one of my good friends started a mini Relay during our senior year,” she said. “I volunteered to be on the executive committee and we put on a carnival during the spring, which was really successful. My freshman year here, I knew I wanted to continue helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society, so I joined the Relay Committee.”

Relay for Life has a personal meaning to many of the participants. Poirier said, “The event is a nice place to reflect on why and who we ‘relay’ for. Last year we had this campaign where students shared their stories... My uncle had passed away from pancreatic cancer when I was pretty young and my aunt Sheila was currently battling a very severe fight against breast cancer. Since last year’s event, sadly, my aunt also lost her battle with this disease. So this year I’ll be relaying in both of their memories.”

Every year there are 30 to 50 teams participating and fundraising at the Trinity College Relay for Life, with an annual goal of raising $25,000. Different activities help to keep the teams busy through the night. Sebastien Broustra ’17 explained that he participated with a group of friends during his first year at Trinity. “I worked at a slime station where people would pay to slime their friends like on Nickelodeon,” he said. “It was a surprising amount of fun and was actually a pretty popular station.” 

Poirier said that her favorite part of Relay for Life is the opening Survivors’ Lap. “It is really moving to see so many people from Trinity, Hartford, and beyond come together and take the first lap around the event space,” she said. “It truly exemplifies this sense of support and community that Relay really stands for.”

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Written by Ursula Paige Granirer ’17