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

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