Students and staff from Carl Sandburg, Victor J. Andrew and Amos Alonzo Stagg high schools had a combined 261 teams and 3,120 participants. Over 130 cancer survivors from the community were present at the event.
Laurie Rapinchuck, District 230 sponsor for the event, as well as youth chairpersons Bridgette Bova and Anne Prendergast were recognized for their efforts during Thursday night’s District 230 school board meeting.
The 2011 District 230 Relay for Life team was also awarded a Relay Star by the American Cancer Society for the following distinctions:
- Growth in Income
- Growth in Teams
- Growth in Participants
- Growth in Online Income
The event also earned kudos for being the Top Youth Relay in the county, Largest Illinois Relay and Top 5 Relay in the Nation—besting West Virginia and Georgetown University.
Over 34,000 patients diagnosed with cancer in Illinois last year turned to the American Cancer Society for support, according to Chris Hensley, Regional Vice-President at the ACS.
“Support for these people is made possible through events just like this one,” Hensley said.
“This event is something the administration and faculty should be proud of, but also the community,” said Hensley. “This is a youth event held at a high school, but supported generously by the entire community.”
The next District 230 Relay for Life event, borrowing the popular Dr. Seuss title “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” is scheduled for May 12 at Carl Sandburg High School.