I wanted to share with you a wonderful community service event
for which I volunteered this past Friday, June
7th at Downers Grove North High School. The event
was called Relay for Life. What is Relay for Life?
At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come
together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and
fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The
funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against
Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running
around a track or path at a local high school, park or fairground.
Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never
sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the
track at all times.
Pat Genardo, assistant director of the National University
Health Sciences LRC, organized this Relay for Life event. She has
been participating in Relay for Life for 17 years, and has been on
the planning committee for ACS for 15 years. Pat became involved
with ACS when her mother passed away from cancer 17 years ago.
Pat's sister also was diagnosed with cancer but is a survivor. Her
team this year was called United Against Cancer and raised over
$5,000 in donations. Any students interested in earning community
service hours can contact Pat Genardo at 630-889-6597 or firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming
I wanted to thank ACS and Pat for planning this event. I was
honored and humbled to be among the survivors of cancer and their
caregivers. I met so many wonderful people. I always live by the
motto, "Love Life." What an inspiration to us all that we celebrate
the gift of life through such a wonderful organization like
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