"I was diagnosed with cancer at age 13. Since then, I have been very active with Relay for Life, at first as a high schooler as a team captain for 4 years at my county Relay. Then I went to Clemson University and became involved in our Relay. I was the Missions chair my freshman and sophomore year, the co-chair my junior year, and the executive director my senior year. I also have volunteered since high school at ACS Hope Lodges. I am now pursuing my PhD in the field of cancer biology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and I am the team captain for my PhD program team's RFL Team. I am also active in ACS CAN, and last month I shared my survivor story and acted as emcee at the DC Lights of Hope Event for Lobby Day. Cancer has always played a role in my life, pushing me to pursue my passions in finding an end of cancer- through education, awareness, and research. RFL is such a wonderful way to bring attention to all three. I couldn't imagine my life without being involved in ACS. It is so imperative that we all fight. My favorite part of college Relay was watching all the students get so involved and excited about the event- by decorating their campsites or participating in all the events that night. It always made my heart happy that our hard work paid off and everyone came together to fight back against cancer."

-Briitany Avin

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