On Friday, May 10, over 150 McNicholas students participated in the Relay for Life at Anderson High School. The entire group went in support of two members of the Rocket community: Sarah Hickman is a McNicholas junior who was diagnosed with leukemia in January of 2012, and Tom Rohling, husband Geometry teacher Christine Rohling, was diagnosed with a very rare liver cancer called cholangiocarcinoma in April of 2013.
The Relay for Life is an annual event founded by the American Cancer Society that gathers communities across the nation together to support cancer survivors and honor those who have died from cancer. The event also raises money for cancer research, which goes directly to the American Cancer Society.
Junior Katie Cornell said she enjoyed the event and liked contributing to the cause. “The Relay is a really cool event to be a part of because it raises a lot of money for cancer,” said Cornell. “It was really special this year since were doing it in honor of Sarah and Mr. Rohling.”
To raise money for the event, the McNicholas students raffled off gift cards, sold t-shirts, and had a jeans day for any student who paid $1. The student participants were also expected to raise money on their own by getting family members, friends, or neighbors to sponsor them. “Overall we made about $6,100,” said junior Riley Whitehouse, who organized the event for McNicholas.
Freshman Emma Kapp said the luminary ceremony was one of her favorite parts of the evening. “It’s really moving, especially seeing names that I recognized,” said Kapp. “It makes you realize how many people are affected by cancer.”
Whitehouse agreed that it is a great event, and McNick will continue to be involved in it. “The Relay for Life is a really special event because it brings us together as a community and unites us for a good cause.”