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British Columbia hosts first Relay For Life event since 2019

For students like Celia Murphy-Pearson, whose father died of cancer in January, watching the Boston College community come together at Relay For Life is especially meaningful.

“It’s really special to see how many people have been touched by cancer, and [it] just shows how much support you have in that community,” said Murphy-Pearson, MCAS ’25.

Students gathered Friday night from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. at the Margot Connell Recreation Center with Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society to stand for twelve hours in an effort to symbolize the journey of a patient with cancer. Cancer.

The event opened with powerful stories from survivors. Maggie Kelly, co-chair of Relay for Life of BC and MCAS ’22, then announced that Murphy-Pearson was this year’s top individual fundraiser, contributing over $8,000 for her “Hardey/Chevy” team which raised over $11,000.

“We raised all the money in just four days,” Murphy-Pearson said. “I sent the fundraising info to my family on Monday and then posted it on Facebook earlier. [Friday].”

According to the Relay for Life of BC website, other top fundraisers included “BC Men’s Rugby Team” and “Forty Two & Friends.”

“A lot of [the fundraising] is based on students who enroll,” Kelly said. “Students mostly share the fundraising page, post on their Instagram stories and ask for donations. Honestly, a lot of it is student-based because they send it to family members.

Jillian Fahy, co-chair of BC Relay For Life and MCAS ’22, said this year’s event was especially special because it’s been three years since Relay For Life members and the community of BC were able to congregate all in one place.

“This event for us, especially this year, the actual physical event, means a lot because we haven’t had an event since 2019,” Fahy said. “Now, being co-chairs and managing the entire event, we so appreciate what goes into planning something like this.”

Attendees cheered on three cancer survivors who were present at the event as they walked the first lap around the luminaria bags, dedications the students made to those who have battled cancer.

“We love them and we support them,” Fahy said. “They mean so much to us and we are so proud of them for their battles. And BC Relay For Life will always be there for every survivor, not just those registered here. »

Kelly said that for many club members it is comforting to know that so many other people have been touched by cancer and that there is a community of people who want to make a difference.

“We have over 100 committee members,” Kelly said. “So it’s great that we can touch the lives of people in British Columbia and kind of show them that there are a lot of people in the same boat as them who are really there to take turns for a cure and try to beat this disease.”

As the night progressed, attendees were able to partake in games, karaoke, sunrise yoga, and catch performances by various groups on campus, such as The Bostonians and Boston College Irish Dance.

“We also have tons of student groups volunteering their time,” said Gabriella Ligresti, chair of the B.C. Relay For Life and LSEHD ’23 Spirit and Activities Committee. “They don’t take anything away from the performance, and they do. I think it shows how close the BC community is, despite being a big school.

By the end of the night, Relay for Life of BC had raised $77,315, but donations are being accepted until the end of the year, according to Fahy.

“The event was a huge success, especially since it was our first in the new gymnasium,” Fahy said. “We had a great turnout from the BC community with around 350 people in attendance from the start of the evening and around 100 people who stayed with us until we finished our evening at 6. in the morning!”

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