Meet the NCLT: Eva

Meet the Fundraising & Innovation Chair on the National Campus Leadership, Eva! She was born in Queens, New York but now lives in Athens, Georgia where she is studying Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I have been relaying for seven years now! I started relaying in middle school and was a team member throughout high school. Once I came to UGA, I knew I wanted to continue relaying. My Freshman year, I was a committee member and now I serve on the Executive Board as the Campus Engagement Chair. Most importantly, I serve as the Fundraising and Innovations chair on the National Campus Leadership Team.  I relay for my mom, Delia, who fought a long battle of Leukemia for 8 years. After 2 transplants, she was pronounced cancer free as of January 2017! 

What is your favorite Relay memory?

My favorite Relay memory is looking at my mom's Luminaria bag during the traditional Luminaria ceremony. 

Explain your role as the Fundraising & Innovation Chair on the NCLT.

My role as the Fundraising and Innovations Chair on the National Campus Leadership Team is brand new! It was created to innovate new ways and improvements on current fundraising. Fundraising is so important to doctors, researchers, cancer patients, and caregivers, so I deem it very important to always push fundraising to another level!

What is a goal you have for yourself on the NCLT

While serving on the NCLT I aim to provide very useful fundraising resources and aid for all campus relayers!

What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is not having any homework and napping all Saturday after a long week. 

What is your favorite Netflix show?

Pretty Little Liars

What is your favorite food?

Shrimp Scampi

What motto do you live by?

"When life gives you a hundred reasons to break down and cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile and laugh. Stay strong."

Connect with Eva on Facebook and Twitter!

Meet the NCLT: Derek

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Welcome Derek to the National Campus Leadership Team as the new Communications & Social Media Chair! He is from Chicago, Illinois where he will graduate from High School this May and then attend The Ohio State University in the Fall.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I have been Relaying at D230 for the past 4 years and am currently  the Event Chair. I have also served on the North Team as a HS Outreach Chair for 2 years. I Relay because of the statistics. Unfortunately I know that someone in my immediate family will at some point will be diagnosed. I Relay for my brothers. I Relay for my cousins. I Relay for my future.

What is your favorite Relay memory?

My favorite Relay memory is RelayCon in Dallas, it was awesome to meet so many passionate Campus volunteers. 

Explain your role as Communications & Social Media Chair on the NCLT.

My role on the NCLT is to maintain and manage all social media accounts keeping content relevant to all aspects of Relay and ACS. Oh, and try to fill Lauryn's shoes since she was the chair last year.

What is a goal you have for yourself on the NCLT?

My goal is to establish a larger presence on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram for Campus Relay. I also hope to create engagement and collaboration among events through social media! 

What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is playing cards, flying my drone, chocolate chip cookies.

What is your favorite Netflix show?

Chuck

What is your favorite food?

Lasagna

What motto do you live by?

"Lead by example."

Connect with Derek on Facebook and Twitter!

Meet the NCLT: Tristen

Welcome, Tristen to the National Campus Leadership Team as the Co-Chair! He is from Kansas City, Missouri and will graduate from the University of Missouri - Kansas City this year with a degree in Economics. When is he isn't economics-ing (his word) or Relaying, he enjoys playing with his dogs and reading!

Where do you Relay and Why?

I started Relaying at my high school in 2011 and here at UMKC, I am the Chair for our Relay event!

Short answer: Because cancer messed with the wrong person.
Long answer: I was first introduced to Relay my freshman year of high school, just because someone asked me to go to a meeting with them (never forget that just asking is so so so SO powerful). A while before that, a close family friend was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and given 6 weeks to live. Because of work funded by the American Cancer Society, she is still with us here today. In the time since she was cleared, I've lost my grandma, aunts and uncles, and a teacher at my high school. Others that I love have been hurt by cancer as well, like other teachers in high school, other grandparents, friends, and other family members. I'm tired of people that I love being hurt or taken from us by cancer and it makes me mad to see them hurt. I won't stop until cancer is eradicated and isn't threatening anyone else. Cancer's messed with the wrong person. 

What is your favorite Relay memory?

I loved doing the karaoke at my high school event and listening to everyone sing (I might have picked up the microphone a couple times). My favorite memory was a karaoke duet by our faculty adviser from the high school and our ACS staff partner! Everyone loved it and it was fun to watch them having a great time at Relay. 

Explain your role as Co-Chair on the NCLT.

I work with the rest of the team to create and implement strategy for the campus Relay For Life movement. I also work with individual NCLT members to achieve personal and team goals. Oh, and work with the best chair Grace.

What is a goal you have for yourself on the NCLT?

My goal is to focus on the mission of the American Cancer Society to encourage passion from all of the volunteers in every community so that we can increase fundraising, increase involvement, and all work together to get rid of cancer - for good!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Coffee and skipping class to play with my dogs

What is your favorite Netflix show?

House of Cards

What is your favorite food?

Really any carbs... but specifically pasta.

What motto do you live by?

"Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't - you're right." - Henry Fords

Connect with Tristen on Facebook and Twitter!

Meet the NCLT: Caroline

Welcome Caroline to the National Campus Leadership Team as the Recognition Chair! She is from Port Jefferson, New York and will graduate from the the University of Virgina - Charlottesville in 2019 with a degree in Foreign Affairs.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I only started Relaying my first year of college. At UVA, I'm the co-chair of First Year Recruitment, so I work to engage our first years and get them excited about Relay from the time they start at UVA until they graduate. I Relay because while I can't physically help the people in my life affected by cancer because I live far away (and I'm not a doctor), I can support them through Relay and making sure that treatments are available to everyone.

What is your favorite Relay memory?

I got to involve UVA Men's Basketball team in Relay for our annual date auction this year! I love basketball so getting to talk to and involve the players  (especially for a good cause) was super cool

Explain your role as Recognition Chair on the NCLT.

I am the Recognition Chair, so my job is to make sure that all of the campuses across the nation know how much ACS and NCLT appreciate them. I also work to spread great ideas from campus to campus.

What is a goal you have for yourself on the NCLT?

I want to develop personal relationships with as many campuses as possible!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Doing everything and anything from the comfort of my bed

What is your favorite Netflix show?

Grey's Anatomy

What is your favorite food?

Chocolate Milkshakes

What motto do you live by?

Hi! May I please have a venti caramel iced coffee with light ice and room?

Connect with Caroline on Facebook and Instagram!

Meet the NCLT: Megha

Welcome Megha to the National Campus Leadership Team as the Volunteer Support and Development Chair! She is a longtime Relayer from Illinois and will graduate from the University of Illinois this year with a degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Spanish.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I have been Relaying since 2009, beginning at the Relay For Life of Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Inverness. I now Relay at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and am President of our chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. I Relay for the people I've met throughout my journey as an American Cancer Society volunteer. Every volunteer that I've had the honor of working with inspires me to continue fighting back against this horrible disease.

What is your favorite Relay memory?

Like most others my favorite Relay memory is from my very first Relay For Life. My friend's mom passed away after a long battle with cancer when we were freshmen in high school - lucky for us Relay For Life was a huge community event so we chose to create a team and attend in honor of her mother. I didn't exactly know what I was getting into but every single one of my friend's families also came to Relay For Life to host a family potluck and short prayer in celebration of my friend's mom. As Luminaria came along the ten of us friends linked hands and walked the lap together, holding each other for support, as we finally settled down in front of our Luminarias that honored our friend's mom. Each of those memories became a tradition for our friends and families for the next four years, but that first night is an experience I won't ever forget.

Explain your role as Volunteer Support and Development Chair on the NCLT.

I serve as Volunteer Support and Development Chair. As the name suggests, in this role I work to provide support to all levels of our volunteers, as well as work on the development of all of our volunteers. Volunteers are an integral part of the work we do for the American Cancer Society and its essential that we continue to provide them all of the resources they need to be successful! 

What is a goal you have for yourself on the NCLT?

I would love to be able to bring back an element of leadership development to the position. Oftentimes our volunteers are thrown into their positions without any sort of prior training of the situations they'll have to handle or are afraid to take ownership of their event and their committees. I believe that some sort of leadership training would be beneficial to alleviating this problem, so that is one of my biggest goals for this role. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Singing and dancing around the house to 90's Bollywood music

What is your favorite Netflix show?

I bingewatch Netflix pretty much every night so I don't have one favorite but I recently enjoyed West Wing, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and Blacklist.

What is your favorite food?

Pasta. Any and all kinds.

What motto do you live by?

Que será será - What will be will be

Connect with Megha on Facebook and Instagram!

Welcoming the 2017-18 NCLT!

This past February, the National Campus Leadership Team said goodbye to four amazing volunteers and welcomed five new dedicated volunteers to the team. A HUGE thank you to Corey Seaman, Kelly O'Donnel, Hannah Stellpflug, and Kelsey Duncan for being our mentors and leading many initiatives for the Campus Relay For Life movement, you've left huge shoes to fill!

This year we've added, modified, and took away some roles for the NCLT. Our team has shifted into being volunteer lead and staff supported meaning that now we have a Chair and Co-chair volunteers leading all of our work. New chair positions include Young Professional, Graphics and Website, Mission Integration, and Fundraising and Innovation. We're already off and running with projects to help support all of you Campus Relayers so that our events are growing, embracing change, and implementing innovative ideas. So stay tuned for some cool things to start coming down the road. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, share them with us please here!

We thank you so much for being a part of movement that will finish the fight against cancer. 

With Hope,

NCLT 2016-17 & 2017-18

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Meet the NCLT: Lauryn

Meet Lauryn! She is from North Saint Paul, Minnesota studying Marketing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a member of the National Campus Leadership Team as the Communications and Media Chair.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I Relay at Marquette University where I am President of our Colleges Against Cancer chapter. I Relay for a cure, so that the next generation knows cancer as a word in the history books. I Relay for my Dad who is a prostate cancer survivor, my Grandma who is currently ferociously battling cancer, and for all of my aunts, uncles, family, friends and loved ones. 

What is your favorite Relay memory?

Time to open up the yearbook... My favorite Relay memory was my experience at North High School where I caught the Relay bug, where my Relay journey began. My friend Nicole asked me to captain of a team with her, I had no idea what Relay was but I was ready to take on the challenge. From that first year Relaying I was filled with so much passion for ACS and being a part of the Relay movement so I continued on to be co-chair of the event. During my co-chair role North's event surpassed our fundraising goal, that was an amazing feeling.  I loved senior year when I was able to plan the event with my two best friends, Lette and Kate, who were on committee. Post high school my favorite memory was this past April when Hannah, Caitlin, Ian, Jazib and I bravely took on UW-Madison's Relay and my own Relay event all in one weekend... somehow we survived. 

Explain your role as Communications and Media Chair on the NCLT.

As the Communications and Media Chair I manage the National Campus Relay For Life Facebook page and the Campus Relay For Life Twitter. Where I spend much of my time is working on our NEW website, where you are now! It has been my baby since I joined the team. I work closely with my team and the regional campus teams to keep content relevant for Campus Relayers. 

Moving forward this next year I will be more focused solely on the website and creating graphics for Campus Relay as Website and Graphics Chair!

What is your favorite memory from the NCLT?

It's hard to pinpoint one favorite memory with this team. This past year they have become my family, from staying up late at meetings studying for the GRE, collaborating on projects or attending two Relay's in a weekend, to visiting for concerts and football games. The current and past volunteers along with our amazing staff partner, Mel, from this team are my favorite memories.

What is your guilty pleasure?

McDonald's French Fries & Tacos

What is your favorite Netflix show?

Right now, Chelsea's Handlers show. All time, Grey's Anatomy. 

Connect with Lauryn on Facebook and Twitter!

Meet the NCLT: Grace

Grace is from Roscoe, Illinois and goes to the University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign where she is finishing up her English major with a minor in Secondary Education! She is a first year chair of Program Growth and Development on the NCLT.

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Where and why do you Relay?

At school, I’m the Vice President of our Colleges Against Cancer chapter and a Relay For Life event chair. This is my fourth year on our ELT. I Relay so that families have more years together. I Relay for my parents, who both lost a parent to cancer. I Relay with my hometown community where we all Relay for our elementary school librarian. I Relay for mentors and family friends.

What is your favorite Relay memory?

My favorite Relay memory is from my senior year of high school when I chaired the small event at my high school. Our Luminaria ceremony was beautiful; we had a really powerful speaker and two students sing “For Good” from Wicked. Anyone who’s been to a Relay knows it’s difficult to convey in words the feeling of community during a Luminaria ceremony, but this moment was especially indescribable and important.

Explain your role on the NCLT.

I’m the Program Growth and Development chair, which generally means I focus on big picture stuff. How can we train volunteers? How can we raise more funds as a campus movement? How can we recognize and celebrate all of the hard work campuses are doing across the country? I look at data, read through reports, help develop plans, and think about common trends that might help us better understand and support campus Relay.

What is your favorite NCLT memory?

My first meeting as an official NCLT member was with my fellow newcomers and all of the departing chairs we were replacing. I remember being amazed by how passionate, smart, and hardworking my new teammates were and how impressive the shoes we were tasked with filling were.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Kids movies. One Direction. Pringles.

What is your favorite Netflix show?

Okay so I would say The Office, but Jazib already said that. So I’ll also offer the runners up: West Wing & Parks and Rec

What is your favorite food?

Breakfast food. The whole category.

What motto do you live by?

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Connect with Grace on Facebook!

 

Meet the NCLT: Maureen

Meet Maureen! She is from Orland Park, Illinois studying Journalism and Hospitality Management at the University of Missouri. She is a first year member of the National Campus Leadership Team and is High School Outreach Chair.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I am Survivorship chair of Mizzou's Relay For Life event. I Relay in honor of my dad, who has been fighting Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma since my freshman year of high school. He has been my reason to Relay since my first event in high school, and will always be my motivation to continue fighting against cancer. 

What is your favorite Relay memory?

I have so many favorite Relay memories, but the one that really sticks out to me is when I shared my story at D230’s kick off event my junior year of high school. It was my first time ever talking about my story in public, and it was such a special moment for me to realize how much of an impact sharing my story to other people going through a similar battle has. People were coming up to me afterwards and were saying that I had given them the courage to open up and share their stories, and that was the most rewarding feeling I’ve ever felt. 

Explain your role as Relay For Life Co-Chair on the NCLT.

As the High School Outreach chair on NCLT, my role is to support the high school market in the 4 strategic directions of cancer education, Relay For Life, survivor and caregiver engagement, and advocacy. My goal is to encourage high school events to continue to break barriers and grow year after year!

What is your favorite memory from the NCLT?

I can’t pick just one, but really anytime that this team gets the chance to be together. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Reality TV

What is your favorite Netflix show?

Making a Murderer

What is your favorite quote?

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it.” - Amy Poehler

Connect with Maureen on Instagram and Facebook!

Meet the NCLT: Jazib

Meet Jazib! He is from Skokie, Illinois studying Biology, Economics, and Physics at Northwestern University. He is a first year member of the National Campus Leadership Team and is the Cancer Education Chair.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I am President of Northwestern University's Relay For Life event. I Relay in honor of my Grandma who passed from Breast Cancer in 2008 and my English Teacher Mr. Dan Horyn who passed from Esophageal Cancer in 2013.

What is your favorite Relay memory?

My favorite Relay memory was the Relay of my senior year of high school, and having the most participants ever come out to the event to remember and honor Mr. Dan Horyn, who was an English teacher and Track/XC coach at my high school who passed from esophageal cancer. Just seeing such a large majority of the high school community coming out there in his memory was just so heartwarming and beautiful.

Explain your role as Cancer Education Chair on the NCLT.

On the NCLT, I'm the Chair of Cancer Education. I come up with resources and ways that campuses can bring Cancer Education to the forefront of their events. My goal as Cancer Ed. Chair is to make sure that we highlight the importance of awareness and prevention in everything that we do!

What is your favorite memory from the NCLT?

It's hard to pick a favorite memory with my NCLT fam....but if I had to pick one, it would definitely be between going up to UW Madison's and Marquette's Relay events with Lauryn, Ian, Hannah, and Caitlin, or going to Summerfest with Lauryn and Ian after not seeing them for months!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cotton Candy Ice Cream

What is your favorite Netflix show?

The Office, hands down.

Connect with Jazib on Instagram and Facebook!

Meet the NCLT: Corey

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Meet Corey! He is from Stillwater, Oklahoma studying Management at Oklahoma State University. He is a second year member of the National Campus Leadership Team and is the co-chair of Relay For Life.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I Relay because I believe in the mission of the American Cancer Society. I Relay for anyone who has ever had an encounter with cancer. I Relay for a CURE.

What is your favorite Relay memory?

I had the opportunity to speak with a cancer survivor at my local Relay For Life event at Oklahoma State University and he shared with me all of the incredible things the American Cancer Society has done for him. That was the first time I saw the “big picture” of Relay For Life, and the American Cancer Society, and realized that the funds I am raising now are truly making an impact in the lives of others.

Explain your role as Relay For Life Co-Chair on the NCLT.

As the Relay For Life co-chair I help to support all campus Relay For Life events nationwide. I, along with my co-chair, develop and execute all national strategies, initiatives, and challenges to support fundraising and growth across all campus Relay For Life events. I also serve as a student representative to the Nationwide Relay For Life Leadership Team, giving updates on Colleges Against Cancer and campus Relay For Life and provide feedback from a campus perspective on all nationwide initiatives. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Margaritas!

What is your favorite Netflix show?

Orange is the New Black!

What is your life motto?

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Connect with Corey on Instagram and Facebook!

Meet the NCLT: Kelsey

Meet Kelsey! She is from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from The University of South Carolina with a BS in Nursing. She is a second year member of the National Campus Leadership Team and is the chair of Resources.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I've been Relaying for as long as I can remember! Relay is more than a fundraiser or event to me. It's family. I love how a community can come together to fight against one cause. Currently, I Relay at the University of South Carolina, but my hometown Relay is Gwinnett County, Georgia.  I have and will always Relay for Sophia, my grandparents and everyone that cancer has touched. 

What is your favorite Relay memory?

In 2012, I led the Luminaria lap at the Relay For Life of Gwinnett County, one of the largest community events. I held a flashlight for the bagpipers who were playing Amazing Grace as we walked around the track for the first lap. Being a part of such a special moment will always be one of my favorite Relay memories!

Explain your role as Resources Chair on the NCLT.

I help develop and brand all of the resources shared on our Twitter, Facebook, new website!

What is your favorite memory from the NCLT?

Living in a Dallas hotel for an entire week with my NCLT family has to be one of my favorite memories! We worked so hard to help set-up, organize and plan #RelayCon! I would do it all over again if I could. It was amazing to see all of the volunteers from all across the country come together!  

What is your guilty pleasure?

Chick-fil-a... yum!

What is your favorite Netflix show?

Scrubs!

What is your life motto?

“Live the life you love; love the life you live." - Bob Marley

Connect with Kelsey on Instagram, Twitter and  Facebook!

Meet the NCLT: Hannah

Get to know Hannah! She is from Kimberly, Wisconsin and graduated from UW- Madison in May 2015 with a BS in Nursing. She is a second year member of the National Campus Leadership Team and is the chair of Suvivorship and Caregiver Engagement.

Where do you Relay and Why?

I Relay at UW- Madison's Relay For Life event. I Relay in memory of my dad who died from testicular cancer a month after I turned 5. He is and will continue to be my main reason to Relay, but as time goes on my list keeps growing. Today, that list includes my Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle, friend, and all of my patients (I currently work as an oncology nurse). 

What is your favorite Relay memory?

My Junior year, I was able to share my story during the Luminaria Ceremony. Most of my extended family was there that night, and after the ceremony ended, we all walked arm in arm around the track for the silent laps. It was so special to have their support that night, and to walk with them in my dad’s memory. 

Explain your role as Survivorship and Caregiver Engagement Chair on the NCLT.

As the Survivor and Caregiver Engagement Chair, I help provide strategy and direction to further Survivor and Caregiver recognition, engagement, and support through programs and activities at Relay For Life, and with CAC chapters throughout the year. 

What is your favorite memory from the NCLT?

Reuniting with my team this April to go to back to back Relays one weekend (my alma mater included) and to Virginia Tech two weeks later. It was amazing to be able to meet up with my Relay family to see some of the events we support, and to see how each campus makes their event unique. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Spoonfuls of peanut butter!

What is your favorite Netflix show?

Suits... or pretty much anything from the USA Network.

What is your life motto?

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” - Bill Copeland

Connect with Hannah on Instagram and Facebook!