continued Although Gnacik and fellow SHS advisor Meghan Reichel are the chairs of F-M’s Relay For Life, the bulk of the preparation work is being done by five self-elected student leaders, who are each responsible for leading a committee of 10 to 15 people. Kelly Muller and Becca Epling are in charge of fundraising, Gabby Hale is leading the survivorship and recruitment committee, Sarah Shaheen is doing event coordination and entertainment and Calvin Stauffer is the head of the accounting committee.
“These kids are sacrificing their lives – they have no life anymore,” said Gnacik. “We were outside on the track at 5 a.m. last week with News Channel 9 to go live at 5:30 a.m., and it was 10 degrees below 0. But the fact that high school kids were willing to get up at 4:30 a.m. and meet me at the high school at 5 says a lot.”
Kelly Muller said that the early hours and work are all worth it because she wants to ensure that the American Cancer Society can continue to do research that can potentially save lives.
“My cousin was 4 when she got cancer, and that rocked my whole family, everyone was thrown out of sorts,” said Muller. “We were so thankful when she went into remission. And I know that one of the reasons why she got there is because of some of the work that’s been done by the American Cancer Society with the research they’ve put in. So I just really wanted to get involved and make sure that it can continue.”
Muller said she puts in at least an hour of work each day to plan for the event. The five student leaders meet every homeroom and several days after school to plan, and many days, she then goes home and calls several businesses.