Scholars Raise Money to Fight Cancer


Aimee Yeghiayan Beck, Staff Writer

Members of the college’s Scholars program, under the leadership of its community service committee, are gathering to “Scare Away Cancer” at the Glendale Relay for Life. The event will take place Oct. 18 and 19 starting at 9:00 in the morning at Scholl Canyon Baseball Field.

Relay for Life is a 24-hour event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. Members fundraise to sponsor their team and collect money for the organization . It lasts for a day to symbolize the idea that cancer never sleeps. Team members take turns walking laps, beginning with a lap of cancer survivors and their caregivers. There will also be a luminaria lap at dusk, where cancer victims, patients, and survivors are memorialized and honored with a candlelight procession.

The American Cancer Society has worked toward eliminating cancer for more than 100 years. This nationwide community-based organization not only aids in cancer research, but also helps cancer patients deal with their diagnoses. The society also helps provide everything from rides to treatments and Look Good Feel Better sessions, helping cancer patients cope with the physical changes that occur.

This year, the Scholars program has formed a team of more than 60 students, comprising the second largest group at this year’s event, with Hoover High School’s being the first. Their goal is to have every Scholars student and even non-Scholars join the fight against cancer. Although there is still more time to raise money, they have managed to collect $769 so far. Their ultimate goal is $1,000, which is $250 more than the amount they raised during the Foothills Relay for Life in April.

Directors for the program’s community service committee and Relay for Life team co-captains Mineli Tarverdian and Misak Khachatryan have been