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Submit Relay For Life Participation by Jan. 15

Submit Relay For Life Participation by Jan. 15

If your chapter took part in a 2016 Relay For Life event through the American Cancer Society, you have until January 15, 2017, to report the participation.

Phi Theta Kappa has partnered with the American Cancer Society to participate in Relay For Life events for 14 years, and chapters have raised more than $3.8 million for the organization since 2002. Our goal as an honor society is to raise $10 million for the ACS, so we hope all chapters will find a nearby event and form a team.

The Top 10 fundraising chapters are recognized each year at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention.

It doesn’t matter how much money you raised or how many chapter members participated — we want to hear about your event and see how you’re making a difference in the global fight against cancer.

One chapter’s first-time participation in a local Relay For Life brought a bigger crowd to the event, led two chapter officers to become community leaders and raised more than $2,300 for the ACS.

“We are still raising money for it, as it’s a year-round cause,” said Judy Towers, recording officer for the Alpha Kappa Xi Chapter at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico. “I love Relay For Life and what it stands for, as I am a three-year survivor of head and neck cancer.”

Chapter President Angela Luna is a thyroid cancer survivor. She and Towers were asked by the Santa Fe Relay district coordinator to serve as volunteer coordinators for the event moving forward. They’ll travel to Utah in November to begin training for their new positions, and they’re already making plans for the 2017 event.

Alpha Kappa Xi members met ACS representatives while attending Phi Theta Kappa’s 2016 convention in National Harbor, Maryland, in April. The meeting led officers to add Relay participation as a new summer event for the chapter.

“For me, my passion came through for the fight against cancer,” Towers said. “I believe this direction is part of my journey in life after cancer.”

Need more inspiration? Check out these best practices from a few of the top fundraising chapters in 2015.

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