Concordia, Dominican’s mini Relay for Life raises $20,000
Student Bekah Kohlmeier participates in the festivities of the Mini Relay for LIfe at Concordia University Chicago. | Tamara Bell~Sun Times Media
Updated: June 18, 2012 8:06AM
Hundreds of volunteers and residents, including local cancer survivors, are now celebrating the outcome of the American Cancer Society Mini Relay For Life on April 28.
Students and staff from Concordia University Chicago and Dominican University, both in River Forest, came together for the mini relay and raised more than $20,000 for the fight against cancer.
“This community really came together in a tremendous demonstration of caring and generosity this weekend,” said Marie Kieskowski, event organizer.
“Having cancer is hard, but walking alongside survivors and caregivers provides us with such power and hope,” Kieskowski said. “That helped keep us focused and inspired to raise as much money as possible to help save lives faster in honor of those in our community who have been touched by cancer.”
There was a SpongeBob SquarePants relay, ultimate Twister, a bean-bags tournament, a photography booth and live entertainment. This year’s theme was the U.S.S. Hope “Sail Away” Mini-Relay.
Last year, 209 Relay For Life events were held throughout Illinois raising $16.9 million, which attracted more than 71,000 participants according to the Society.
American Cancer Society Mini Relay For Life of Concordia University Chicago and Dominican University helps fund the American Cancer Society’s efforts to advance cancer prevention, treatment, patient services and cures. This includes the Society’s Patient Navigation Services program, designed to fill a critical void in heath care and social services by acting as a full-service navigator to anyone touched by cancer.
The services provided by the American Cancer Society include transportation assistance to treatments; discounted lodging at hotels for patients who need to travel to receive care; insurance coverage assistance; resource matching and referrals; and cosmetic help such as free wigs or headware for patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. The Society also offers cancer information and access to support groups via its call center, accessible anytime at 800-227-2345, and at its website, www.IllinoisCancerHelp.org.
If you missed American Cancer Society Mini Relay For Life of Concordia University Chicago and Dominican University but would still like to make a donation, visit www.relayforlife.org/concordiail or call the American Cancer Society (708) 484-8542.
Amy Jo Steinbruecker works for the American Cancer Society.