April 01, 2015
Communications and Marketing
The Saint Anselm College community raised more than $75,000 for the American Cancer Society, at the eighth annual Sr. Pauline Lucier Relay for Life.
More than 930 students, faculty, and staff members gathered in the Carr Center on March 27 for the all-night walk, which started at 6 p.m. and ended at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. The event honors survivors and raises funds for cancer research and services.
Fifty-nine college teams participated, and teams sponsored by Delta Gamma Zeta and Koinonia broke the $10,000 mark for the first time. Activities took place every hour throughout the night including pie-a-president, tug-of-war, a talent show, and hair donation through Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program, where at least 46 students donated their hair and helped make seven wigs for women battling cancer.
Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., served as the Grand Marshal and led the "survivor's lap" around the Carr Center. Three children, Ben, Alli, and Henry, took part in the survivor's lap with Abbot Matthew as honorary Grand Marshals.
Ben and Alli are children paired with men's ice hockey and softball respectively through Team IMPACT, an organization that pairs sick children with local collegiate athletic teams. Henry is the 4-year-old son of communication professor Jonathan Lupo, Ph.D. currently undergoing treatments for sarcoma.
Andrew Litz, associate dean of students, said, "I'm just absolutely elated with the work of the service societies toward their common event and our community's response to this cause. I'm overwhelmed with the generosity."
Senior Vanessa Barros was one of three senior student speakers that shared her family's story.
"Relay is my favorite event of the school year and I hope it continues to grow so we can help end cancer," said Barros. "This event always reminds that people at Saint Anselm College are so kindhearted. You see over 900 students giving up their Friday night to fight cancer. I hope my story changed lives and made several people call their family members to remind them that they love them."
The top three student fundraisers, senior Jordan Ouellette, junior Terrence Walsh, and sophomore Maggie Livingston, raised $4,630, $1,410 and $1,150 respectively. Livingston also secured a donation of two bottles of water per participant from Polar Beverages, equaling 1,962 bottles.
The Saint Anselm Relay for Life is named in honor of Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C, a former staff member who passed away from cancer in May 2009. Planning is conducted by the college service societies including the Red Key, King Edward, Koinonia, Saint Elizabeth Seton, and Alpha Phi Omega (APO). Seniors Christina Berge and Colleen Brine chaired the planning and were instrumental in all aspects of the event.
In 2014, the event raised over $60,000.
Story by Dominique Del Prete '15
Photos by Cory True '09