By Jim Lambert
Union Catholic’s Student Movement Against Cancer Club continued gearing up for its biggest day of the school year by making cancer awareness signs during the Club Period on Thursday at Union Catholic.
The signs will be placed on tables during this Tuesday’s Quarters for Cancer Dinner, scheduled for 5 p.m. in the UC cafeteria. The Quarters for Cancer Dinner is a big fundraiser for the Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC), and it comes on UC’s Spirit Day as the school will host several huge events. Also on Tuesday, UC will have a Mini Relay for Life in the morning, a pep rally in the afternoon, and the Mr. UC Pageant at 7 p.m.
Super Tuesday at UC gets started with the Mini Relay for Life, which is being run by SMAC. It’s a smaller version of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life that will be held this summer.
“The Mini Relay for Life will give everyone a taste of what that is like to sacrifice some time and walk for cancer awareness,’’ said Mr. Mike Conte, the moderator for SMAC at UC. "For the first four periods of the day each grade will take turns walking in the gym with music playing. We want people to be walking and thinking about people who have experienced cancer or passed away from cancer and just to honor them in that way. Everyone in some capacity has been affected by cancer in some way. We want to give people the opportunity to feel that are doing something because it is such a helpless feeling.’’
At the Quarters for Cancer Dinner, all the food is donated by the UC community and each serving costs 25 cents. The event is open to the public.
As part of its fundraising, SMAC is also selling Under Armour T-shirts for $20. The shirts are being sold in the school and will be available for purchase at the Quarter for Cancer Dinner.
All proceeds from the Quarters for Cancer Dinner and T-shirts sales will go toward supporting UC’s Relay For Life Team, which will participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
Relay for Life at Johnson Regional High School in Clark on June 10. All proceeds from Relay for Life will go to the American Cancer Society.
For Union Catholic senior Katrina Springer, a SMAC club member, raising awareness about cancer and raising money for cancer means a lot to her.
“It’s a really personal thing for me because we have a history of cancer in my family,’’ said Springer, who lives in Roselle Park and is featured in the third photo on this page. “We lost my grandfather to cancer nine years ago, so it’s a big thing for me personally to combat it. And my oldest sister Kelly (a 2013 UC graduate) was in this club, so my family has been coming to Quarters for Cancer for a while now. It’s important for me and everyone in SMAC to keep spreading awareness and getting the word out there. Even if you don’t have a family member affected by cancer, there is someone out there that you know who has been. It’s a universal thing you have in common with everybody, so you want to help out as many people as possible. And then all this will transition into Relay for Life, which raises lots of money for the American Cancer Society. It fantastic to be a part of such a great cause.’'