Relay for Life raised $162,087 in one of the few in-person Relay fundraisers for the American Cancer Society in 2020. The student-led event on October 31, 2020 was held outside at Father Ryan’s Giacosa Stadium with limited capacity, reduced hours, and Father Ryan’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place.
2020 Relay for Life Co-Chair Julia Eidt '21 has been actively involved with Relay for Life throughout her Father Ryan career, and well before that. A childhood cancer survivor, Julia and her family fought the disease firsthand and know how important Relay for Life is in raising money for a cure. Her older sister, Maggie Eidt '19, served as Relay for Life Co-Chair during her senior year at Father Ryan.
A member of the Swim & Dive Team, Julia is also involved with the Respect Life Club, Student Ambassadors, the yearbook, and Campus Ministry.
This semester, Julia is taking College Algebra & Trigonometry, English IV (honors), and Psychology, amongst others. She is a member of Emerald House.
Matthew DiLucchio '21 has been on the Relay for Life Committee throughout his years at Father Ryan, and is excited to join his classmate Julia Eidt '21 as Co-Chair this year.
In addition to Relay, Matthew is involved with Campus Ministry, the Social Justice Club, and Student Ambassadors.
A member of the Boys Lacrosse Team, Matthew is taking a number of fascinating courses this semester, including College Algebra & Trig (honors), English IV (honors), and Environmental Science (honors). He is a member of Norwood House.
Spirit of Relay Award
It was an exceptionally great morning to be Irish on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 as Father Ryan proudly accepted the first-ever Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Award from the American Cancer Society (ACS).
ACS CEO Gary Reedy, as well as ACS Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Dr. Bill Cance and many members of the ACS Global Board, were on hand to present the award to 2019 Relay for Life Co-Chairs Madison Ahern ‘20 and Danny Farone ‘20.
Dr. Cance then took time to go to science classes to discuss careers in medicine and research, the work being done in pursuit of a cure for cancer, and the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes.
This award is a tremendous honor for the thousands in the Father Ryan community who have selflessly committed countless hours of their time over the past decade in making Father Ryan’s Relay For Life the largest student-led, per capita, Relay For Life in the nation.