The Saint Anselm College community will rally together Friday, April 13 to support those fighting cancer, to celebrate cancer survivors, and to remember those they have lost.
Saint Anselm College’s 5th annual Relay for Life is held in honor of Anselmian Sr. Pauline Lucier, who died from cancer in 2009. Sister Pauline was instrumental in bringing the American Cancer Society’s Relay to Saint Anselm. This year more than 500 participants will walk in her honor.
Faculty, staff and students will walk from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. At 9 p.m., the Luminaria ceremony will honor those who have battled cancer with a 45 minute walk of silence. Community members dedicate a luminaria bag which lights the track for walkers. Other activities throughout the event include: a dance competition, Zumba, tug of war, musical chairs, and moving speeches from fighters, survivors, and caregivers.
Associate Dean of Students, Dean Litz with Assistant Dean of Students Fr. Mathias Durette, O.S.B., work with student service societies to plan the event.
“It is a good opportunity for all the societies to work together on something that brings the entire Saint Anselm community together for something that we can all relate to,” says senior Kristen MacNeil, communication major and president of Saint Elizabeth Seton society.
“We want to do something as a community to demonstrate that we have a moral and ethical dimension to our Benedictine education,” says Litz.
“Participation and donations have doubled over the last five years. It just keeps growing larger.”
This post was submitted by Meghan Gill '14.