On Friday, April 1st, Gamma Iota participated in Relay for Life at Loyola University Chicago. Relay for Life is a nationwide annual event sponsored by The American Cancer Society that raises money for cancer research and to help those who are experiencing or overcome this disease. This semester was definitely a special record setting year compared to previous events. Gamma Iota was fortunate to fundraise $1840 as a team. We won the Rising Star Team Award and raised over our initial goal! Collectively, all the Loyola teams raised $102,944, which surpassed the original goal of $100,000. This was an exciting accomplishment for both Gamma Iota and the entire Loyola Relay for Life community as we continue to live out our service value.
Relay for Life is something Gamma Iota looks forward to every year. There are ceremonies to recognize survivors and pay tribute to those who may have battled or continue battle through cancer. In addition, teams participate in on site fundraisers to increase our overall goal. The event overnight with most participants not sleeping because cancer never sleeps. This year, Gamma Iota’s on site fundraiser was a large game of Twister, which was enjoyable to play and fundraise at the same time. One of the most moving aspects of Relay are the personal stories that teams hear from survivors and caregivers. The Luminaria Walk, a quiet reflective lap where participants can name and remember loved ones who have passed before us from cancer. Gamma Iota wants to thank all of the teams involved with Relay for Life and honor those who continue to hear the word cancer. Our hope is that one day no one will have to hear the words, “You have cancer.”