By Valerie Nguyen
Tonight, ACS (American Cancer Society) is hosting a movie night from 7:30pm to 9pm at the Senior Glen to fundraise for cancer research. In honor of cancer awareness, the club is presenting The Fault in Our Stars, which follows two teenagers coping with the disease.
“We chose to play The Fault in Our Stars because it tells the story of how cancer can change someone’s life dramatically whether they are suffering with it or they know someone who has it,” comments Vice President of Activities Martin Ruiz.
The goal of the movie night is to raise money for the club’s Relay for Life team. The club will participate in Relay for Life this summer. This year, their target is to earn $2,500 to donate to the American Cancer Society organization.
Relay for Life is a 24-hour event, where not only ACS comes to support, but also other clubs and people of the community. Participants are asked to walk for bids and awareness of cancer research. The event provides activities such as zumba, karaoke and lantern-making in memory and admiration of those who have dealt and passed away due to cancer.
“Relay for Life is utterly amazing. It’s an event where you really realize how many people are actually affected by cancer and how many different experiences everyone has,” expresses President Eden Conghuyen. “I’ve met some of the most genuine people here and it’s my favorite day of the entire year. Every time I bring someone new, they are amazed by the community network that is created and always want to come back next year.”
ACS invites everyone to embark on their journey to fight cancer and strive for more cancer-less birthdays for those suffering. The club is involved in cancer walks, card making for cancer patients and hospice visits to give back to the community. It is always accepting new members throughout the year and encourages everyone to join to promote cancer awareness.