Running a Relay for Life

Rachel Labarre, Managing Editor

This Saturday, June 8, many Staples students participated in a Relay for Life event that took place in Fairfield.

Relay for Life is an event run by the American Cancer Society since 1985 that raises money and awareness for cancer. It takes place in over 20 different countries, and over 4 million people participate.

Taylor Jacobs ’14 and her younger brother Mac Jacobs co-captained the team “Chad for Life,” for their father, Chad Jacobs. The team came in a close second place this year, raising over $10,000. Almost every member of this team is a Staples or Bedford student.

“I started this team when my dad got cancer, and, for the past three years, we have come in first place in his honor. I’m so proud of that,” said Taylor Jacobs. “Yeah, maybe we didn’t get first this year, but Fairfield raised around $250,000, and that’s all that matters.”

Justin Donlon ’14 and Victoria Loiacono ’14 co-captained the St. Luke’s Youth Group team and reached their goal of raising over $2,500. This team is composed of many students from Staples, as well as a number from other Fairfield County schools.

“It’s a wonderful thing to see countless people united in hope for a cure and reverent of those who have lost their battles with this horrible disease,” said Donlon.