Celebrating Relay for Life of SDSU 2015

 

Relay 2015

The Relay for Life of SDSU 2015 raised over $20,000 for the American Cancer Society! The event had 17 teams and nearly 300 participants unite to celebrate survivors, remember lost loved ones, and fight back against cancer. The Colleges Against Cancer committee at SDSU worked diligently all year to plan and promote the event. Thank you to all the committee members for your passionate involvement—you are the reason for the event’s success!

 

 

We had full tables of silent auction baskets due to the generosity of the Brookings community businesses and various other donors. Thank you to all who donated to the silent auction.

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The teams had some of the most fun outdoor “campsite” fundraisers this year! At Relay for Life events, teams are required to have a “campsite” fundraiser that the participants can pay to participate in or purchase the sale items. This year, teams had fundraisers such as over-head nine square (check out the picture above), beanbag tournaments, basketball shooting contests, chariot rides, and bake sales that always go over well on a college campus. We also had numerous entertainers throughout the night, including singers, lessons from the jitterbug club, Zumba, and the SDSU step team.

MmdlEgrNGckZtIFwsTYr83aWpkQttQRlJqWmlo-JVckIn order to hold down the lumanarias in the South Dakota wind, we used canned food products in each bag. After the event, we donated all the canned food products to the Brookings Food Pantry. We were able to fill the whole track with lumanarias, representing those who are currently fighting cancer or that we have lost to cancer. The lumanarias are one of my favorite aspects of Relay!

Again, thank you to all those who participated, donated, or contributed in any facet.

No One Walks Alone…Fighting Cancer Together!

 

Stand Up 2 Cancer

SUTCStand Up 2 Cancer is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

The American Cancer Society partnered with Stand Up To Cancer during a live television show filled with celebrities, music, and heart-felt stories to inspire the movement in the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society in Sioux Falls hosted a watch party for the live television show. I was able to partake in decorating luminaries in honor of my Grandma Pat. I also won a silent auction basket that was full of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer apparel.

Bowling for Boobs 2014

B4B1Bowling for Boobs is a fun way to get involved on campus and a great means of volunteering. The event was held at Prairie Lanes Bowling Alley. The two-night event brings hundreds of students to the bowling alley to fight breast cancer. We raised over $2,000 at the event to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer!

To learn more about breast cancer such as signs, symptoms, diagnosis, videos, mammograms, and breast cancer in men, please visit Cancer.org/BreastCancer.

Making Strides Against CancerAnother great way to get involved in the fight against breast cancer isMaking Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness about steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. Follow the link to get involved in your community event!

 

No One Walks Alone

A1gWcoJHwzX8IdNaky814RiZoQOF15EEZ0LnCbmkNx0No one walks alone through the cancer experience. The SDSU Colleges Against Cancer committee is always supporting committee members’ loved ones. As a committee, we are the face of the American Cancer Society and we do not take that lightly. We are always here as a committee to support anyone in need!

SDSU Relay for Life 2014

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The SDSU Relay for Life Event of 2014 brought together nearly 400 faculty members, students, families, and friends. Together we raised $25,000! I am privileged to have been a part of such an inspiring event. There were 20 teams that walked the track of Frost Arena for 12 hours to Celebrate those who have survived cancer, Remember those we have lost, and Fight Back against cancer. I am proud to be apart of the 40 students on the SDSU campus that comprise Colleges Against Cancer. The diligent work done by this group throughout the year is the reason for the success of this event. Thank you to SDSU Colleges Against Cancer.

KZ51GPfWxHP3N9irL9V_Qi0xbCP3xkHZcUAJocOPbV0The theme was “Lights, Camera, Take Action.” With celebrities (cancer survivors), movie reels, a step and repeat, and Hollywood glamour, we took action against cancer!

Entertainers from the student body included  singers, guitar players, unicyclists, Zumba, and jitterbug lessons. There was not a dull moment.

Our silent auction was bountiful with different sponsors in the Brookings community. Thank you to all of those who contributed!

We made a difference, SDSU!

If you are interested in joining a Relay for Life in your community, check out the American Cancer Society: Relay for Life.

Together…we will Finish the Fight!

Midwest Campus Leadership Conference

CLCAfter a few years of attending the American Cancer Society Midwest Campus Leadership Conference, I was able to plan and lead this year’s conference. As a member of the Midwest Youth Advisory Team, I spent months planning the event that brought together a large number of college students from all over the midwest.

CLC2I hosted discussion sessions that targeted how to fundraise, how to market on college campuses, and how to boost morale on college campuses to increase enthusiasm in the fight against cancer. This day-long event, recognizes colleges that drastically improved from the year before and helps each college to continue to grow their Relay for Life event!

 

Bowling for Boobs 2013

xuHtEXx4LGPItu90gP6KiiWQH9K7GZGiVlzrtvSeRAIBowling for Boobs is a fun way to get involved on campus and a great means of volunteering. The event was held at Prairie Lanes Bowling Alley. The two-night event brings hundreds of students to the bowling alley to fight breast cancer. We raised over $1,500 at the event to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer!

To learn more about breast cancer such as signs, symptoms, diagnosis, videos, mammograms, and breast cancer in men, please visit Cancer.org/BreastCancer.

Making Strides Against Cancer

 

Another great way to get involved in the fight against breast cancer isMaking Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness about steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. Follow the link to get involved in your community event!

 

Coaches vs Cancer Volleyball

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I am beyond proud to announce that Colleges Against Cancer has teamed up with the South Dakota State University Athletic Department for a Coaches vs. Cancer Volleyball Game. Players wore pink jerseys that were then used for a silent auction online at GoJacks. During time outs and half time, cancer related information was announced. A silent auction also took place at the event for a team autographed volleyball and autographed jerseys. The event was a Pink Out, in which all fans wore pink. We raised hundreds of dollars for the American Cancer Society. Thank you to everyone involved.

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Atlanta Conference

Atlanta Meetings 1I was privileged with the opportunity to represent South Dakota as the collegiate representative for Relay for Life. I participated in meetings to further learn how to form Relay teams, increase fundraised dollars, plan meetings, and create an overall outstanding experience for all Relay for Life participants.

Having the opportunity to visit with other passionate students about Relay for Life from all across the country was a changing moment for me. I found ways that I could enhance the SDSU Relay for Life or even plan my own Relay for Life someday. After learning new strategies to event planning and promoting, the SDSU Relay for Life raised $5,000 more the next year! Atlanta Meetings 2

Together…we will Finish the Fight

Fall Organization Fair

Org FairThe Fall Organization Fair at SDSU is a great opportunity to recruit new members for Colleges Against Cancer. The Colleges Against Cancer committee plans events all throughout the year such as Bowling for Boobs, the Great American Smokeout, Coaches vs. Cancer Events and the biggest planning goes into Relay for Life. The Colleges Against Cancer committee members are the advocates for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society on the SDSU campus.

If interested in joining a Colleges Against Cancer committee or starting one at your college, please email sdsucac@hotmail.com