Meet Ian! He is from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin studying Biology at Macalester College in Minnesota. He is a member of the National Campus Leadership Team and is the Advocacy Chair.
Where do you Relay and Why?
I Relay at Macalester College where I am Co-Chair of our Colleges Against Cancer! I started relaying when I was asked to be the honorary survivor at my local Relay For Life. That was one year after I finished treatment for a bone cancer called Osteosarcoma. Later that summer my mom’s coworker came to her and proposed that we become more involved in the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. ACS CAN became our way to fight back in every way possible. To make a difference at a national level with a situation that changed everything in our lives.
What is your favorite Relay memory?
At my first Relay my parents spoke at caregivers. I was in the crowd, surrounded by friends. It was the first time I heard what it was like to have a child going through cancer. My parents are the strongest people that I have ever met, and being there when they got to tell their story was inspiring.
Explain your role as Advocacy Chair on the NCLT.
I am the Advocacy Chair. I help students get involved in the fight against cancer in a different way. I seek to engage them in the grassroots movement that is fighting back against cancer in the state and national legislatures.
What is your favorite memory from the NCLT?
My first national relay experience came when I was asked to speak at a conference in Atlanta the summer after my first year in college. I met the current team and immediately knew that I wanted to BE them. I have shared so many experiences with this team since then, but that was where it all began.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Bad Action Movies
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