Thursday, October 23, 2014


I relay for my friend Logan Dunne. Whether it was his athletic passions in soccer and basketball or his intellectual ones of writing, Blokus, and, of course, Mario Cart, he was a boy full of many talents with a very special drive. 


He once wrote, "I wake up, work harder, laugh deeper, and dream bigger than the day before. That is what success is." Everyone who knew him will vouch for his success in life, including myself. He passed away from neuroblastoma January 4, 2013. It wasn't so sudden, because he had been on this journey of treatment and remission for 4 years, but it still wasn't easy. I miss the days spent hanging out watching Lost or going to a Red Sox game. I even miss going to the hospital with him when he needed a transfusion.


Now I relay so that no one else has to lose a friend to cancer. 

With RelayLove,

Friday, October 17, 2014


Allison's fundraising efforts have skyrocketed over the past week and she is now tied for our top fundraiser!! Way to go Allison, keep up the good work.

With RelayLove, 

Friday, October 3, 2014


Thank you, Moira, for performing at Concert For A Cure as a member of the Sil'Hooettes! At the concert, she shared with the audience why Relay For Life was especially close to her heart. We thank you again for sharing your talent and reminding us all what we relay for. 

With RelayLove, 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


There have been several instances of cancer in my family, but nothing hit harder than when it was my mom’s turn to fight. One night during the spring of my senior year of high school, my mom complained about how uncomfortable her bra felt. I don’t think anyone really thought much about it and I know that I assumed it was simply too tight. After that night, she was still feeling uneasy about the whole thing, so she decided to go to the doctor. An irritating bra from a few days before led to a 3D mammogram. When that showed something, she then had to get three biopsies. Shortly after that, a conclusion was made: the uncomfortable bra corresponded to breast cancer, and someone pressed the fast forward button on our lives.

When I was first told the news, all I felt was shock and confusion.  The pain and sadness didn’t hit me until I accompanied my mom to an appointment with her surgeon. That day may have been the worst day of my life.  

I didn’t originally plan on going to the appointment with my mom, but my dad had to be at the office for a bit longer and I wanted to be there for her. After she got called back to see the doctor, things got hazy. Her surgeon was bursting with bad news: the cancer may be spreading, we needed to act quickly, she was going to have to do a full mastectomy, and there would never be a 100% guarantee that it wouldn’t come back. It was during this appointment that reality hit me straight in the face. Something was trying to kill my mom, and losing her was a real possibility. When I got home I sobbed for an hour straight, leaving my face, hair and pillow soaked.  

After that day, it never really got easier, but it also never really got worse. June 26, 2014 was my mom’s birthday, but more importantly, her one-year anniversary of being cancer-free. Every night before she goes to bed, my mom does her hormone treatment that in effect, makes her body ache and is now causing some minor hair loss. Despite all of this, however, she has not backed down to cancer and the letter “f” necklace she wears every day is a reminder of that. The letter “f” on her necklace stands for many things: her maiden name (Flannery), her ability to get through cancer with great faith, family and friends, and the fact that, even with one breast, she is still as funny and fabulous as before. She will also continue to fight and, should the cancer ever come out of remission, tell it to f-off!  

We live in a world where everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer and with that said, I relay for life. I relay for a world with more birthdays. I relay so that no one has to lose his or her mom to cancer like I almost did.  I know the fight to end cancer is far from over, but I relay with the hope that we can get that much closer to living in a world free of cancer. I relay for my best friend, my number one supporter, my mom.

With RelayLove, 
Gwendolyn Apgar
Publicity Committee 

Friday, September 26, 2014


Let's give it up for the shout out of the week, Brian Leibowitz, who has raised the most money thus far AND already has a huge team with 19 members!! He's off to a great start and serves as an inspiration for all of us. 

Learn more about Brian:

Support Brian and his quest to end cancer!

With RelayLove,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


State of the Union: Relay Style
A message from the Presidents:

My fellow Relay-ers, 

Today in Clark 148, Relay Exec Chairs came together to witness the counting of over 
$5,000 brought in from the 2014 Concert For A Cure. Exciting upcoming events 
were discussed, including Hops For Hope at Starr Hill Brewery and the upcoming 
Fight Cancer 5K partnership with Pancakes For Parkinsons, also known as “Fight 
And Flip”. 
But it is not just in the small meeting room of Clark 148 where the excitement of 
Relay can be felt. It can be felt in the tummies of first years who participated in our 
fall Vermonster challenge, it can be felt (and seen) on the Facebooks of our newly 
accepted exec members who we are thrilled to have on board, it can be felt in the 
classes and class councils of UVA who have their first ever catch all class teams and 
finally it can be felt in the hearts and minds of the 125 participants and 41 teams 
already signed up!!
It is you, our participants, team captains and exec members, who make our state of 
the Union strong. In this last year, we had over 120 teams and 1,300 participants 
come together to raise over $168,000 for the American Cancer Society. It was a year 
of milestones, as Relay For Life at UVA surpassed the million-dollar mark for funds 
raised for the ACS, was recognized by the renowned Z Society for its efforts, and was 
named a TOP 15 COLLEGIATE RELAY EVENT WORLDWIDE! (Yes, you read it right 
folks, WORLDWIDE.)
But, that was only the 2013-2014 year. 
Ahead of us is the newer, bigger, better 2014-2015 year. 
Relay For Life at UVA has set goals of 150 teams, 1,500 participants and $175,000. 
But that is only the beginning, there is no limit to the money to be made, fun to 
be had and .... More. One can only imagine what is in store. It will not be easy, but 
together we will make it happen.


God bless you, God bless America and God bless Relay For Life at UVA. 
[Please note: this State of the Union address should be read in the voice of HS 
Football Player Apollos Hester of the East View Patriots*]

*Ref: And you better believe, "we're gonna fight."

With RelayLove, 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


If you couldn't make it to Concert For A Cure, here is a quick recap of what you missed...




And also wonderful performances from Virginia Belles, AVP, and Silhooettes! A huge thank you to these amazing a cappella groups for contributing their time and talent. The event was SOLD OUT and raised over $5,200!!! 

A special thank you to everyone who came to the event to make it such a great success. Stay tuned for more upcoming events, including "Hops For Hope" at Starhill Brewery on September 27th from 11am to 8pm. 

With RelayLove,

Friday, September 19, 2014


What better way to show your excitement for Relay For Life than to be the FIRST person to sign up for the event?? Way to go, Minh Bui, we are all very proud of you and happy to have your enthusiasm and drive on exec!

Sign up for Relay For Life at this link to get an early start, just like Minh!

Also, come out to Concert For A Cure TONIGHT at 8pm in McLeod to see all of UVA's amazing a cappella talent. Tickets on sale online AND at the door!

With RelayLove,
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