Relay for Life: Blog Post by Erin Holahan

Since coming to Barnard/Columbia, joining the committee for Relay For Life has been the best decision I have made. I put so much time and effort into this cause everyday, and I never think twice about doing so because Relay has become so near and dear to my heart.

Unfortunately, cancer affects everyone we know–either directly or indirectly, and as of now there is no way to stop it completely, but we can try to slow it down until we find a cure—and Relay For Life is a great place to start doing this. The American Cancer Society does so much for those afflicted with cancer—from their 24/7 hotline with nurses, insurance agents, psychologists, and counselors on call to help with any question or concern of a cancer patient, to the Hope Lodge (a free hotel for cancer patients who need to be away from home to receive cancer treatment), and to the programs put on to help lift the spirits of disheartened survivors, caregivers, and patients.

Without it’s participants, Relay is nothing. Relay needs families and friends to come together and reach their fundraising goals to get one step closer to finding a cure. As a scientist, I see these dollars at work. I see this money going to students here (at Columbia University) to help analyze test results and get one step closer to a cure! Everyone can help make a difference. Any contribution, whether big or small, helps fund researchers to get one step closer to a big breakthrough, helps bring a cancer patient to the hospital if they need transportation, helps house cancer patients who need to move to a new area in order to receive a specific treatment, and SO much more.

I have HOPE that soon we WILL find a CURE.  Please consider donating to and participating in Relay For Life at Columbia University  to help the American Cancer Society Fund the Mission and FINISH THE FIGHT.

Finally, I ask that you consider the question: “Why Relay?” I’m sure you’ll come up with a million reasons. I Relay for those who can’t, for those who have lost their own lives or loved ones to this terrible disease, for more birthdays and smiles, and for HOPE. I hope you will start or continue to Relay for these reasons, too.

Yours in the Fight,

Erin Holahan