A couple of years ago, I had the honor of volunteering with The American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which is a life-changing community event. The event provided everyone across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
Most of the participants were split up into teams of twelve to fifteen. I had a team of ten and most of my team consisted of friends. Our main objective of the relay was to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients while also spreading its awareness. I was nominated as team captain by my fellow team members. As team captain, I had numerous responsibilities. I had to organize fundraising events, arrange monthly meetings, and represent our team. At first it seemed a little overwhelming, but fortunately, I had wonderful teammates who supported me.
My team was able to plan and execute a number of fun and creative fundraising events. For instance, we held special sporting events at my school. One of the sport events consisted of a basketball game between the school's faculties and the school's varsity student basketball team. We also held other events like fashion shows and casino nights. At these events, I had the pleasure of meeting several cancer survivors and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hear their remarkable stories.
In the end, my team managed to raise over $20,000 dollars. It was an incredible feeling; one that I cannot be put in simple words. We all knew that the money we raised was going to help promote the research in curing cancer.
Because of this experience, I have become a more active individual. I became more involved in community services. I know that contributions toward society will always benefit another in need. Due to this experience, it has inspired me to use my talents and skills to help others, and to take full advantage of my college degree in order to make the world a better place.