Relay for Life

Primary Contact: Laura Williamson

Relay For Life is an amazing overnight fundraiser that was started in 1985. Relay for Life brings awareness to cancer, support to survivors and those affected by cancer, and fundraises for the American Cancer Society. This nationwide, community-based, volunteer health organization is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering. This is done through research, education, advocacy and service. ( At a Relay event, teams camp out overnight, relaying throughout the evening and participating in ceremonies and activities. The teams fundraise for the event during the fall and after the event over the summer each year. The Relay that we participate in brings together students from Wellesley, MIT, MCPHS and hopefully the rest of the COF this upcoming year.

Our mission as an active student organization is to bring cancer awareness to our campus and to fundraise for Relay. We have a close relationship with our local ACS office and will be working more in the upcoming year to provide educational resources for our students relating to cancer. Relay for Life offers every Simmons student the chance to get involved in changing people's lives and people's ways of thinking about health, disease, life, and even death. Relay for Life participants undergo a transformative experience as a result of being part of such a huge event that has such an immense impact on so many lives.

Please contact our Presidents, Laura Williamson ( or Rachel Sweeney ( if you have any questions or if you would like to be part of the Executive Board. Our Executive Board meets weekly to plan events for the Simmons community.

Our adviser is Randi Lite in the Biology Department.