"I began Relaying in middle school shortly after both of my dad's parents passed away from cancer 11 months apart in 2002. Needless to say, Relay has been a part of my life for a long time. I can't imagine not being involved with Relay in some fashion. I have to admit; I did not understand the real impact of Relay until I got involved at Virginia Tech. This past year was my best year EVER with Relay. Everyday was filled with inspiration (and emotions haha) from my fellow Execs and I was (and still am) more pumped than ever to end cancer. The fact that I am still motivated to participate with Relay after college is all due to my fellow execs. They lit a fire within me that will not be extinguished until cancer is cured.
Last year at an exec meeting, our Director talked about being interviewed and the interviewer asked her “What do you think it will be like once cancer is cured?”. I immediately got goose bumps. Similar to our Director, I had never actually sat down and thought about it... What will I do when that day comes? I can say this, I am so so so excited – and ready. Thinking about hearing the news one day, "A CURE FOR CANCER HAS BEEN FOUND" is so powerful, inspiring, mind-blowing, and perfect.
I am now a first year pharmacy student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. I knew that VCU's undergrad campus had Relay, so I googled them and found Laura Burton's contact info on the website. I immediately sent her an email explaining that I was a recent Hokie grad and needed Relay in my life. Laura is also a Hokie and has heard of all the incredible things that we have done at Virginia Tech and was thrilled to have me. As of right now, I am unable to submerge myself into Relay like I did at Virginia Tech. I told Laura and her exec team that I would love to be there to support and "mentor" them before I make a solid commitment to take on an exec role.
I am currently enrolled in 9 classes (over 20 credits), but I'm still Relaying. I'm not saying that to get a sympathy vote, I don't want it haha this is my dream school and profession and I couldn't be happier! I am saying that because regardless of how busy you THINK you are, there is ALWAYS time to devote to the service of others. As Gandhi once said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Why not? As of right now, I believe that I want to be a clinical specialist and become an oncology pharmacist. I am a firm believer in the old saying, “practice what you preach”. How am I supposed to ask my patients to risk everything and fight back against this disease if I am not putting up a similar fight for them?"