Fighting Cancer One Lap at a Time

by · April 7, 2015

Anthony Cona, co-chair of this year’s Relay for Life, speaks during the Opening Ceremony on March 27, 2015 while fellow co-chair and cancer survivor Diana Pernicano looks on.

Last Friday, hundreds of Mount students, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered in the Kaplan Gym for a full night of fundraising, fun, and fighting cancer. This year, the Mount Saint Mary College community raised almost $36,000 for the American Cancer Society. After the long weekend and catching up on some sleep, Knight Life reached out to Anthony Cona, cancer survivor and one of this year’s Relay for Life co-chairs, to talk about the Mount’s involvement with Relay.

Knight Life: Can you give us a brief overview of Relay for Life at Mount Saint Mary College?

Anthony: Relay for Life at Mount Saint Mary College is completely student run. We partner with the American Cancer Society, who helps with the logistical side of the event, but all of the planning is student-based. We plan a 12-hour long event that raises money for the fight against cancer.

Knight Life: What is your favorite activity that you’ve done with Relay?

Anthony: My favorite activity was the Chain of Hope. It was an awareness event that we held at a table outside the View prior to Relay. We had several different color paper strips that Mount students wrote on. Students would choose “in honor of,” “in memory of,” or “fighting for,” and then put the name of someone they knew who had cancer. It was surprising to find out how many people have been affected by cancer at our school.

Above: Hundreds of Mount students, faculty, staff, and alumni lined the track during the Survivors’ Lap at this year’s Relay for Life. The College community raised almost $36,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Knight Life: Why should students join your club/organization?

Anthony: Relay is more than just raising money. Relay is about celebrating and having a fun time. Yes, there are sad moments at the event as we reflect on those we’ve lost, but the happy parts are what you will remember about it.

Knight Life: Where can people learn more about Relay?

Anthony: If you are interested in learning more about Relay for Life, or Colleges Against Cancer, come look for us at the club fair in the fall! Also, you can read about Colleges Against Cancer, the SGA club that organizes Relay, in a past blog post. You can also learn more about our involvement in Relay for Life on the College’s website.

Anthony Cona, cancer survivor and co-chair of this year’s Relay for Life, walks with friends during the Survivors’ Lap on March 27, 2015.

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Anthony Cona, Class of 2015, is a Communication Arts major from Farmingdale, NY with concentrations in media studies and production.