Father Ryan's 11th Annual Relay for Life was held on Saturday, October 26 and it was a record-breaking day.
The Father Ryan had been hit particularly hard by cancer over the past year. Former Academic Dean Sara Hayes and Tristan Numbers, a sophomore at Father Ryan, both succumbed to the disease after long and courageous battles. Despite the heavy hearts and a move indoors due to rain, the day was filled with touching tributes and courageous acts of charity, fun and strength.
Hundreds of people packed into the Catignani-Drennan Fieldhouse for the opening survivors walk, and they were greeted to a tremendous surprise when it was announced that Father Ryan will be the first ever national recipient of the Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Award, given by the American Cancer Society.
Amy Kinker, Strategic Director of Community Development for the American Cancer Society, personally made the drive down to Nashville from Indiana to announce the award. "I can’t tell you how excited I was to attend the Relay For Life of Father Ryan. The presence of all those students, faculty and parents truly filled my purple heart," she said.
After a day of fun and games, including multiple young women cutting their long hair for wig donation, it was announced by co-chairs Madison Ahern '20 and Danny Farone '20 that Father Ryan broke yet another record, raising a whopping $212,277 for cancer research this year. After having already surpassed the $1,000,000 mark last year, Father Ryan is showing no signs of taking their foot off the pedal as they continue the fight for a cure for cancer.