For sophomore Amanda Jakubec, bringing Relay for Life to campus is more than just a way to raise money, it is a way for her to honor the person who meant the most to her.
Jakubec’s mother died of ovarian cancer when she was 16 years old in April of 2004.
“I think that it [Relay for Life] is a way that I can give back and prevent what happened to my mom from happening to others, people need to realize that there are greater things than just school. People are living and dying everyday and bringing relay to John Carroll is a good way to help people realize that,” she said.
This April, Relay for Life will be on John Carroll University’s campus for the first time ever and the events have already begun. Jakubec has already set up her team for her third relay. It is named Justine, after her mom, whom she described as her “best friend.”
Jakubec stresses the importance of an event like Relay for Life. “I’m also trying to get friends of mine to realize that this is so important, I want people to understand how fortunate they are to be a part of this. It [cancer] can happen to anybody, I didn’t plan on my mom dying,” she said.
The co-chairs of this year’s Relay for Life, senior Joel Mullner and senior Pat Kelly, have been trying to bring Relay for Life to the JCU campus for almost three years now. They have not able to due to city ordinances that restrict the amount of noise that can be made overnight in the stadium, so they moved it to the Quad.
John Carroll is the first university in Northeast Ohio to have Relay for Life on campus.
“I would say that it enhances our mission of a Jesuit University. It shows leadership and the ability to develop people to go out in the world and make it a better place, taking part in this is a small step in the right direction,” said junior Marc Hartmann, manager for mission, sponsorship, fundraising and public relations for John Carroll’s Relay for Life. He added, “participating in this makes JCU aware of the realities of the world.”
John Carroll’s goal is 50 teams with total revenue of $40,000.
“We set those goals knowing it is very possible to surpass them,” said Hartmann.
The relay is open to anyone, whether a JCU student or someone who lives in the area.
There will be a separate ceremony dedicated to those who have lost the fight to cancer, are currently fighting cancer and survivors.
There will also be entertainment all through the night. Different bands will play along with other games and fun activities to last the entire night.