Campus FAQ's: Saying "Thank You"

YOU DID IT!! This Relay season rocked – all the hours spent planning, writing, meeting, drawing, e-mailing, building, hanging posters, talking, and fundraising paid off one night this spring at your Relay For Life event. Maybe this one was the biggest one in the history of your event or maybe it was a great year to try something new and innovative! Either way, the work you did this year made a huge difference in the American Cancer Society’s work to defeat cancer.  But what now?

Post-event fundraising is a big topic of conversation in April and May, working just a little bit longer to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Maybe you’re hosting an outdoor athletic event like a volleyball tournament or a car wash to finish out the Relay season (for more ideas check out this A-Z Fundraising Guide here or watch the Campus on Air on post-event fundraising here). But as you probably guessed by the title of this blog – this isn’t about post-event fundraising. It’s about saying “thank you.”

Relay For Life counts on thousands of students on over 400 different campuses around the United States to keep our movement going strong. But each student on every campus has someone who believed in them: a family member, a friend, a professor, a coworker – it could be anyone! The individuals who give to your fundraising goal believe in you and the American Cancer Society enough to donate.

Caring about you, as a Relayer, are passionate about and are working on is likely a big reason why your family and friends donate towards your goal – which means they love to hear about your success. In addition to the “thank you” right after they donate during the Relay season, a post-event “thank you” is a great way to thank your donors one more time. A post-event “thank you” tells all your donors about your event’s success and your personal achievement. Sending handwritten thank-you cards, sending e-mails, or even calling each donor on the phone are all great ways to make sure they know how much they are appreciated. 

The small amount of time that saying thank you takes goes a long way towards letting the donors know that they matter and their donation is important to you and the American Cancer Society. This also goes a long way towards making a successful ask for next year’s Relay and ensuring a repeat donation! As a campus Relayer, the dollars you raise are saving lives. Being a part of a Relay For Life event is incredible work, but this movement is so important and it needs everyone to be involved. With you and your supporters alongside all of the other Relayers all around the world, we will be the generation that defeats cancer.

Blog by Tristen Caudle, National Campus Leadership Team
 

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!

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

2017-18 team first two pictures & 2016-17 team last two pictures

ACS CAN: CaPitol

CaPitol with a capital 'P' as in Purple!

Are you looking to get your committee more involved in ACS CAN? Around the country ACS CAN invites volunteers to congregate at their state capitols to TAKE ACTION! Volunteers from across the state will gather to meet with legislators, and you can take part! You can see first hand the impact that your story can have.

In order to make sure that you are well prepared ACS CAN builds issue trainings into the day. You will get talking points and any other materials that you need to feel comfortable for your legislative visits. Even though you are not expected to be an expert after the training, chances are, you will know more about the issue than your lawmaker. Below you will find a sample agenda from the great state of Minnesota for what your day at the capitol may look like. Keep in mind, this is just one way that the day or days could be structured!

Even with the trainings and support from your staff, there is one thing that no one knows more about, and that is YOUR story. The importance of you being there is to show your lawmaker that individuals in their state care about these issues. To demonstrate to them the kind of impact that changes could have on the people in their state. 

Even with the support of your grassroots team and the knowledge that they are there to listen to you, it can still be a bit daunting. Good news is you will never go in alone. There will always be someone else from your state who will be there with you during these meetings just in case you need some in meeting support!

ACS CAN needs you to not only take action on petitions, but also to be a physical presence in making these issues a priority in your state. To make it a little bit easier visit the Advocacy page  for other resources including sample letters to professors to request to miss class!

To find out when your state day at the CaPitol event is visit acscan.org/events.

8:00 am - Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am - Welcome (ACS CAN, AHA, MN SHAPE hosts) 

8:50 am - Issues Overview,

  • Physical Education (Ellie Beaver, ACS CAN)

  • Safe Routes (Rachel Callanan, AHA)

9:20 am - Physical Activity Demonstration (MN SHAPE)

9:25 am - Advocacy Tips for Today 

  • How the Legistlature and Lobbying Works

  • Hook, Line & Sinker (Dana Bacon, ACS CAN & Justin Bell, AHA)

  • How to Make an Ask and Make it Personal (Dana Bacon, ACS CAN & Justin Bell, AHA)

  • Legistlator Meeting Skit (Dana and Emily White, ACS CAN & MN SHAPE)

  • Q & A (All Presenters)

10:25 am - Social Media (Annie Simaytis, AHA, MN SHAPE)

10:35 am - Keynote Speakers

  • Recognition (Rep. Kim Norton)

  • Physical Education (Sen. Susan Kent)

  • Safe Routes to School (Rep. Jeff Howe)

  • Public Figure Speaker

11:00 am - Closing and Group Picture

11:15 am - Break into Senate District Groups

11:25 am - Senate District Group Work

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 pm - Legislator Visits: After you’ve finished all of your visits, please complete the Lobby Day Evaluation form and a Legislative Visit Report for each of your legislators, and drop them off at our room in the State Office Bldg, 300N. Thank you for your advocacy!

Blog by Ian Lock, National Campus Leadership Team

 

Campus FAQ's: Virtual Survivor Programs

Do you Relay for a Survivor who cannot make it to your event because of health, distance, or other constraints? Did you know they can still participate in your event as a Virtual Survivor? Download the Virtual Survivor Sheet to share with your event!

What is a Virtual Survivor?

A Virtual Survivor is a person that has been diagnosed with cancer but cannot physically attend a Relay For Life event  due to distance, time, illness, or any other constraint. These are the people in our lives that we CELEBRATE at Relay For Life, whether or not they can be with us at the event.

How does it work? 

If you have a loved one who is unable to join us at the Relay For Life Opening Ceremony, you can still pay tribute to them by walking in their place.  By creating an 8.5x11 poster, you can honor them throughout the night.  In addition to carrying this poster, you can honor them by decorating the back of your event t-shirt.

Why Should I Participate?

Relay is all about Celebrating Survivorship.  We all Relay for someone special and the Virtual Survivor program allows you to CELEBRATE the life of your loved one when they can’t be with you at Relay.  Have your Survivor register at www.RelayForLife.org/ (your event name) as a Survivor.

If your Survivor does not have an email address but would like to sign up for an event, there is an easy process to get them registered, without having scan a form. They can call the National Cancer Information Center (NCIC) at 1-800-227-2345 option 2 and tell the Income Support Specialist (ISS) that they would like to register as a survivor for an event, but that they don’t have an email to use or wish to share. A NCIC representative will ask them a few questions to understand the level at which they’d like to participant and register them. They will also explain how to update their registration if they want to actively fundraise online or update their personal fundraising page, which will require an email.

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!

CAC Best Practices: Survivor and Caregiver Engagement

Survivor and Caregiver Engagement on Campuses

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Colleges Against Cancer is one of the largest and most active clubs at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health sciences thanks to the 100+ students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to the success of our chapter. With the overwhelming support we receive each year we have been able to develop passive and active programs that meet the goals of all four pillars of the American Cancer Society. Our Colleges Against Cancer chapter was awarded National Survivor and Caregiver Engagement Chapter of the Year for 2015 - 2016.
 
Our Survivorship committee created opportunities to work closely with Albany Medical Center and the local American Cancer Society Hope Club to support people battling cancer. The students put together Chemo Care Packages which contained fuzzy socks, hand sanitizers, tissues, mints and chapstick that were then donated to patients receiving chemotherapy at the hospital. To lift spirits we participated in a comedy night at the Hope Club, in which our students were able to spend time with survivors and their families and try to laugh away some of the stresses that these people face on a daily basis.  A new program we participated in last year that was well received was working in the garden at the Hope Club. Our students cleaned out the garden, planted new flowers and decorated the area to turn the space into a relaxing oasis that patients and families could use for reflection.
 
One of our most rewarding experiences was visiting the children’s oncology unit at the Albany Medical Center and playing games, doing crafts and talking with them. Our students dressed up as the kids’ favorite superheroes and were able to leave them with Love Your Melon hats that were donated. Being with children who are battling this ugly disease and seeing them still have joy and light in them is continued inspiration for us to do what we do as College’s Against Cancer, and we hope to continue our partnership with Hope Club and AMC.
 
Our largest events are Making Strides against Breast Cancer and, of course, Relay For Life.  At both of these events we incorporate the other pillars into the fundraisers and programming we do to raise awareness, support and money for ACS.
 
For Making Strides, we decorated our Student Center Atrium in pink prior to the walk and our “Think Pink Party”.  During the Think Pink Party, people were able to get pink manicures, pink hair extensions, play games, win raffles and enjoy pink treats from our bake sale.  Through these various events and fundraisers, we were able to raise $3,790 and had 102 participants for the walk!

Relay For Life is one of the largest events on our campus and last year’s theme was “Saving the World One Cure at a Time”.  Through our kick off and fundraising events we incorporated the theme through different drinks (Hulk Juice and Flash Drink), snacks (Fantastic Four Veggies and Dip, Cheese and Pretzel Hammers and Chocolate Covered Batman Pineapple) and activities.  The night of Relay we dedicate an entire room to the survivors who attend and provide free back massages.  We also create gift baskets for each of them to take home which last year included a coffee mug, hot chocolate, prayer rocks, a custom-made adult coloring book and heating packs made by our schools Craft Club.  At Relay our Education chair worked with our ACS Rep to have a large inflatable colon that we stationed over the Relay track.  All walkers had to pass through the colon and could stop and see the different stages of polyps and cancer for people to look at and touch.  Our Advocacy Chair was able to team up with a local hair salon and bring in hair stylist to volunteer their time to shave the heads of students who were “going bald through cancer”. Eighteen students and faculty either shave their heads or donated 8 inches of hair to Pantene for their program that creates wigs for cancer patients.  The going bald for cancer event raised over $400! In total for our Relay Event we were able to raise $43,965 with 37 teams and 496 participants.  Our College’s Against Cancer Chapter was so excited about the year we had last year.  Each of our 4 Pillars are well are their way to planning events that bring awareness to Cancer Education, Advocacy, Survivorship and Relay For Life and we can’t wait to see what this year brings!  

Guest Blog by Breanne Spear and Nicole Kelly of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Relay Best Practices: Mini-Relays

Themed Mini-Relays from the Relay For Life Chapter of the Year

One of the most effective ways UC Berkeley's CAC keeps our campus motivated, inspired and engaged throughout the year is through our monthly mini-Relay events that are about 8-10 hours long! We try to incorporate cancer education, advocacy, and survivor and caregiver engagement into every one of our monthly mini-Relays. 

Our mini-Relays are themed to the different holidays of the month, so we try to design fundraisers, games, educational material that fits said theme. For example, in February we host Relay For Love, and for our fundraiser we sold "crush cans", where people could anonymously send their crush (or whoever) a can of Crush (the soda) with a little message on it. We also handed out candy with cancer facts attached to them to students on campus. We always have Relay sign-ups (both electronic and hard-copy) present at each mini-Relay to register people throughout the year. 

In addition, we hand out educational flyers/pamphlets, and hand out our Relay For Life flyers (with registration links and our social media links). Other examples include, Relay For Leaves (November), Relay For Lights (December), Relay For Luck (March), Relay For Laughs (April). Logistically, all board members and committee members bring in what their committees do to the events! For example, the fundraising committee designs the fundraiser, the recruitment committee uses this as a platform to bring in Greek life and use our table as an active way to recruit, the marketing committee blasts our events on our website and all social media platforms, the logistics committees books the location and gets any equipment needed, and the entertainment committee brings any acts we may need, such as acapella groups to perform (to attract attention!). Finally, we use them as a way to get signatures for different petitions for our local government, such as a petition to increase taxes on cigarettes and get people signed up for ACS CAN. We have found our mini-Relays to be really successful, because it gives a great opportunity to fundraise, reach out to people, educate the community, and recruit!

In terms of marketing, we create Facebook events for each mini-Relay. We also post the link to events on our Twitter page and Instagram account. We have sign-up sheets at our table throughout the year (we table on campus Tuesday-Thursday, 4 hours each day) for interested individuals for our CAC meetings and for those interested in Relay to receive our monthly newsletter. We flyer throughout the year (very popular on UC Berkeley's campus).

We also post cancer facts and online challenges throughout the year to keep people pumped and engaged for Relay! An example of a recent challenge was, the team that raises the most in a week’s period gets 400 Spirit Cup points! (Spirit Cup is another way we keep the teams motivated- there are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places that teams compete for by getting spirit cup points by fundraising, recruiting, sending emails, etc). A new idea we had this year was to design and use Snapchat filters (via a geotag) for our different events. One of the great things about having monthly mini-Relays is that the we are a constant presence and people now know who we are and have come to expect us every month

 

 

Year Round Survivor and Caregiver Engagement

Is your campus looking for ways to engage your Survivors and Caregivers? Check out the new Survivor & Caregiver Year-Round Engagement guide for ideas. We will be releasing the ideas each month as a reminder, but also wanted you to have all of the ideas to help facilitate your plans the rest of the year. Let us know what activities you are planning so we can recognize all of the great ways campuses are engaging their Survivors and Caregivers!

Campus Fall Reflection Form

Breaking News: The Campus Progress Report is Dead

We’ve heard your comments, and we’ve adapted! This year, we will not be asking CAC Chapters or Campus Relay For Life events to fill out a Campus Progress Report. Instead, we have created a much shorter, much broader, and hopefully much better tool for campuses to share their accomplishments and ideas. We are calling these forms Reflections!

Unlike the CPR, the Reflections will be Google Forms due in both the Fall and the Spring. This isn’t to create more work for you! We believe that these forms will actually be easier and quicker, even combined, than the CPR. Additionally, twice a year means that we get to recognize campuses with awards twice and year and that volunteer leaders won’t have to remember a full year’s worth of events and initiatives in the Spring! You can see the Campus Relay Fall Reflection form and a longer description of it linked at the bottom of this post!

Speaking of awards, those are changing too! There is no longer a specific checklist of items that campuses need to accomplish in order to earn the title of Leader of Hope. Instead, we will be awarding Leader of Hope to campuses in the Fall and the Spring that demonstrated the qualities of a CAC Leader throughout the semester in their Reflection. Theses qualities include Innovation, Growth, Collaboration, and engaging campus communities in all four strategic directions of Colleges Against Cancer (Advocacy, Cancer Education, Survivor and Caregiver Engagement, and Relay For Life). Though there isn’t a checklist anymore, we have created a resource that lists some ways in which campuses can embody these qualities! This resource also doubles as a guide to submitting a Reflection!

Outside of Leader of Hope, there will be other returning and brand new campus awards in both the Fall and the Spring. Keep an eye on the Campus Relay website and Facebook page to read guest blogs from 2016 Award Winners!

The Campus Relay Fall Reflection form will be available for campuses to view all semester, but it is not due until December 9th! 

Check out the Campus Relay Fall Reflection form here! 
Check out the Reflection and Event Guide here! 

As always, please reach out to us on our Facebook page, Campus Relay For Life and CAC, our email, campusrelay@gmail.com, or to any NCLT member with any questions, comments, or suggestions on any of these changes!

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!

 

Relay Best Practices: Kickoff's

Now that Labor Day has passed, we know that summer is coming to a close! Which can only mean one thing: the 2017 Relay For Life season is upon us!

In just a few short days all of the BRAND NEW event websites will be live. As a best practice, we encourage every campus to host a Fall Kickoff to market their Relay For Life event to the entire campus. Kickoffs could include hosting a “Relay Rally” in which students on your campus come out to see what a day-of Relay experience is like, promoting Relay through tabling with games and activities as well as computers for anyone interested in signing up, or even having an ice cream social where your committee has the opportunity to talk about Relay and why others should join! There are truly endless opportunities, but the central message of a Kickoff should be to jump-start Relay on your campus, and showcase what an incredible event you are. This is your chance to make a powerful first impression on your study body that can set the tone for your Relay year.
 
Kickoffs are a great way to start every semester by reminding them that Relay For Life is the largest worldwide movement to end cancer, and by joining they will be a part of helping the American Cancer Society SAVE MORE LIVES! Take a look at these videos for more inspiration on how to bring a kickoff event to your school with speakers, informational booths, and more:
 
Virginia Tech Kickoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KiHqC3W5gE
 
Relay For Life of Turkey Kickoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HCqKIbbPZU


Whether you decide to host a large or small kickoff, be creative and have fun with it! There are several ideas on our latest Best Practice Guide HERE. As always, you can also utilize our Campus Relay For Life & CAC Facebook page to ask any questions or seek ideas from other schools across the nation. 

Questions or comments? Contact Kelly or Corey, NCLT Co-Chairs!

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!