"IC Hope" against Cancer
One out of every four people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and only 62 percent will survive. But the Relay for Life, an annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, celebrates survivorship, finds hope in research being done on this devastating disease, and raises money for the American Cancer Society to help more people beat the disease.
This past summer, College bursar Anne Hyland Woodard ’81 stood on
“I can’t describe what it’s like,” says Woodard, “having all those people cheer you on for conquering something so big.”
Nine years ago IC community members formed the Relay for Life team, known as IC Hope. Since then the IC team has played a significant role in the
IC Hope also gathered the most “spirit points” and claimed third-place titles in best tent site decoration and entry in the “Road to Recovery” boxcar competition, in which team members decorate a cardboard box to symbolize all the people who help transport patients to appointments and treatment.
Over two dozen contributors boosted IC Hope’s efforts; many other Ithaca College community members supported the team by donating time and supplies; purchasing raffle tickets, pins, and tee-shirts; and showing up to cheer at the event.
“It’s important for the larger community to see that IC truly cares,” says Woodard, “and that we are a critical part of that larger community.”