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Students help fight cancer by volunteering for Relay for Life

| Jessica Wicklund

Bailey Mueller and Erin Skarivoda joined more than four million global volunteers who are dedicated to finishing the fight against cancer at the Relay for Life earlier this year in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s McPhee Physical Education Center.

“Many people in our society are affected by cancer,” Erin explained. “Relay for Life helps raise awareness of this disease and fund research for a cure.”

This event provided the students a service-learning opportunity to honor cancer survivors in each of their lives, remember friends and family and to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission.

Both Erin and Bailey walked in the Relay for the American Cancer Society with Bridgman Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) hall mates.

The Honors LLC is a haven for Honors students to live, learn and make lifelong connections. The Honors program also offers early enrollment and specialized discussion-based courses.

As LLC students, Bailey and Erin are surrounded by other students with the same mindset: work hard and achieve success.

Prior to the relay, both Honor students were asked to complete a research project centering on someone they are close to that has been diagnosed with a type of cancer and present their findings.

“I know so many people who have been affected by cancer. Cancer research is something I hold dear to my heart and is extremely relatable,” Bailey noted. “Through my research project, I hope to inform others about cancer and its causes.”

The remaining 22 Relay teams raised $28,687 for the American Cancer Society while Erin and Bailey raised a total of $170 to surpass their collective goal of $150. The Bridgman Hall Relay for Life team raised a total of $1,058, exceeding its goal of $1,000.