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RMC Freshmen Organize "Mini" Relay For Life

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Two Rocky Mountain College freshmen are bringing the community together around a common cause: cancer. They organized a "mini" Relay For Life, the first student-led Relay For Life event on campus.

Paige Tanaka and Alicia Bravo lives have been touched by cancer.

"Back in 2006, my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer and it just really had a big effect on my family," Alicia, one of the Rocky Mountain College Relay For Life team captains, said. "And she ended up passing away in 2007 and so from there I just really wanted to make a difference and fight back against this horrible disease."

Paige's mom survived three types of cancer.

"She got told to come home to say goodbye because she wasn't supposed to survive," Paige said. "So she said mommy's going on vacation for a while but she survived."

Their experiences drove them to become team captains for RMC's Relay For Life team, and to organize a mini relay for life event on campus. They hope students can come together to celebrate and remember those affected by cancer. Lee Killman with Yellowstone County Relay For Life youth engagement, says it's important to engage the next generation.

"As the population grows older, if we don't have our youth involved, causes like this are probably going to fall away," Lee said. "And so to have these kids involved and to find people with a passion is fundamental to our success in the future."

The two are both pursuing careers that can help cancer patients. Alicia wants to go into physical therapy and Paige wants to become an oncologist.

"I hope they become more aware of how likely it is for them to have cancer or someone be affected by them to have cancer," Paige said. "And what processes they need to go through to get screened and checked up on and just about the support they have all around."

The "mini" Relay For Life event is on April 12, from 9 AM to 11 AM on campus. For more information, click on Connections.

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