Relay for Life

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 cancer. 

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 for upcoming events. 


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 ACS.


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