Being a Leader Advancement Scholar, one requirement that is in our protocol is to be a part of a Lead team. I was so ecstatic to find out that I was a part of the Leadership Institute Relay for Life lead team. Having been on my high schools relay team for all 4 years, I was super excited to see what a college team had to offer. I wasn’t let down! We meet periodically throughout the school year planning for the event and fundraisers to put on through the year. Although some plans didn’t fall through, we still ended up being super successful.
As a team we put on an event called Pie an Li, which was where the relay team, along with Li staff were being pied in order to raise funds for our team. We ended up raising more than last years fundraiser which we found as a huge success. As a team we were the second highest fundraising team raising a total of $1,940 and became a rising star team for raising over $1,000.
Personally I set my goal at $300 to raise for the American Cancer Society and I ended up raising $240 which is still great, but not exactly close to my goal. I completed my previous goals of $100 and $200 which was really rewarding to think about. I also took one for the team and was one of the fantastic people to be pied at Pie and Li! And to top everything off I won free pizza at the event due to my fantastic donators for participating in the $48 in 48hrs. challenge.
At the event we each signed up for shift to volunteer during the event. I decided to come for 10 out of the 12 hours offered. Having had close family members survive and pass away from this disease makes this event close to my heart. It starts out with a survivors lap to applaud those who have won the battle and then later on we take a luminaria lap to remember those who weren’t able to beat the battle. In between these key times of relay, there are of course fun and games and many great acts that came in to perform. Among the few things that happened were the Asia Project, ASL (American Sigh Language) Society performance, Trap Door Improv, Dance Team and many more. My FAVORITE had to be going up on stage with my fellow LASer Teddy Wingiert doing a Lip Sync battle to the iconic melodies of High School Musical! The pictures below were special dance moves including the kids favorites these days, the whip!
The Central Michigan University raised a total of $55,600 during the raising period. Since this was the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society, we hope this will be the last straw to end the fight and finding the cure for cancer.