Relay for Life holds successful kickoff meeting


Senior Joseph Park fills up a Relay for Life cup, handed out at the kickoff meeting.

Almost all of the 100 spots allotted to the eighth period Relay for Life kickoff meeting were filled up on Oct. 24, as students gathered in the cafeteria to learn about the event.

Senior Acacia Dai, one of the event co-chairs, started off the meeting by giving a brief background about Relay for Life, which is a student-run club that helps raise money for the American Cancer Society. Afterwards, Dai discussed how to form a team, introduced new rules for this year and also presented statistics from the previous year.

“Relay is going to be more focused on its true purpose this year,” said senior Deanna Buttaro, who is the other event co-chair. “We want teams to have one person walking on the track throughout the night, because that’s what makes Relay a true relay.”

After Dai’s presentation, Dr. Debbie Rachlin, a breast cancer survivor, thanked students for attending the meeting and participating in the relay. Rachlin’s son, Class of 2007 alum Jonathan Nussbaum, was the first person to organize Relay for Life at Jefferson.

At the end of the meeting, committee members passed out captain packets. Although the fundraising process for the event is year-round, the actual event will take place on June 8.

“I was really excited to see the roster fill up so quickly on intranet,” Buttarro said. “I think relay is going to be really successful this year.”