April. 10, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.
On March 24, 2017 several student organizations and departments from the University of St. Francis (USF) hosted the annual USF Relay for Life event in the Sullivan Recreation Center. The Relay takes place every spring and attracted USF students, staff, alumni and friends of the university for a fun and memorable night.
Senior Jeremy Grachan, USF Student Government Association president, has been involved with the Relay for Life organization since 2003 and was instrumental in helping USF to host their own event in 2015. Grachan and his team of collaborators included Assistant Director of Alumni and Family Relations Valerie Penn and Director of Residence Education Mollie Rockafellow, student committee members Elijah Anderson, Becky Blankenship, Christina Bravo, Victoria Daugherty, Andrew Finein, Skyler Kern and Clarice Swanson. Additional support was provided by the Student Government Association, Student Activities Board and USF Alumni Association.
“Our goal this year was to raise and donate $3,000,” said Grachan. “We were ecstatic to learn we had actually raised $6,145 that we were later able to donate.”
The Relay for Life event at USF is an event students look forward to each year. In addition to standard Relay for Life activities, such as the survivor dinner and luminaria ceremony, the USF committee included inflatables, crafts and do-it-yourself activities. USF student and cancer survivor Molly Emerson shared her experience and journey with cancer with attendees.
“So many students have been touched by cancer. Many have someone in their life who fought and won or lost their battle with the disease where several have even battled with cancer themselves,” said Grachan.
The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.