Congratulations to Patrick Sweeney of Relay For Life at Purdue University on being nominated and chosen for April's Relayer of the Month!
Why Patrick Relay's: "When I was a sophomore in high school, I went to my first Relay For Life at Marist High School in Chicago. To my surprise, my mom, who is currently a 13-year breast cancer survivor, was the survivor speaker. Because I was in first grade when she was undergoing treatment, I don’t remember much about it; however, I do remember the constant visits to the hospital, the fear of my father, and the complete change in family dynamics. What struck me most is that rather than talk about the fear and the pain she experienced, she talked about how while she was spending weeks in the hospital, neighbors would bring my family dinner, drive her to and from treatments, watch me and my siblings, and so much more. Since that moment, I saw the power of solidarity and community. I Relay because I know how terrible cancer is, but more importantly I know how powerful community and togetherness can be."
Why Patrick was nominated: "If I had to choose one person that embodies all the amazing things that CAC and the American Cancer Society does, Patrick would be that person. He is one of the most passionate, hardworking, and spirited ELT volunteers I have had the pleasure of working with during my 6 years with the ACS and Relay for Life. Patrick brings the 4 pillars of CAC (advocacy, cancer education, relay for life, survivorship) into his team meetings, activities at past Relay for Life events, and publicity events on campus. As this year’s VP of Relay for Life at Purdue University, he is working to be innovative in his leadership styles, working to motivate his new team to be the best that they can for each other, the participants, and for the ACS."