Photo by Jessica Bibbee

Local American Cancer Society representatives Lolita Nunn (left) and Abigail Samuels attended the July WCC Board of Trustees meeting to thank the college for hosting and participating with its annual Relay For Life fundraiser. (Photo by Jessica Bibbee)


The American Cancer Association recently awarded Washtenaw Community College with a Gold Sponsorship award for its continued support of the Relay for Life event, which raises awareness and funds for cancer research.

Since 2010, WCC has supported the Relay for Life fundraiser by providing support staff and facilities. Now in its 7th year of support, Team WCC Wolfpack members did their part walking in the local Relay for Life event.

Rachel Barsch, supervisor of Student Activities at WCC, coordinated onsite support staff and led Team WCC Wolfpack, bringing together 23 teams and more than 100 participants to help win the fight against cancer. In total, this year’s Relay for Life event raised more than $40,000.

“As a representative of WCC, our team opened doors to celebrating life,” said Marko Delic, a student worker who helped coordinate this year’s event, as well as raised funds.

Since WCC’s involvement in 2010, close to $800,000 has been raised to provide support for cancer patients and their families, as well as provide resources to advance cancer research.

In addition to sponsoring Relay for Life, WCC also supports these major fundraising events held annually: American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, and Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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By Jessica Bibbee

Intern, Public Relations