Relay for Life


In the past few years, many Cretin-Derham Hall students have participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser at the Highland Park high school track. Over the years, students have shown great support and commitment to the fundraiser, and everyone has enjoyed themselves at the overnight event. Unfortunately, despite participant's great effort, the Relay at Highland Park will not be happening this year because the event did not meet the fundraising goals set forth by the American Cancer Society. This gave us the opportunity to hold a Relay for Life event at CDH.

This year, the event will be held on May 4th from 6-11 pm in the field house at CDH. Students and faculty are encouraged to make teams and sign up online on the Relay for Life website. Each team is encouraged to have about 10-15 people, and a designated team captain to take care of the team. There is also an opportunity for parents, alumni, and community members to participate in the event. During the opening ceremony of the event, there will be a survivor lap for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer. Survivors, and their caretakers and family members, are invited to walk in this lap and celebrate life. If you wish to take part in this, please register online at as a survivor.

The goal of Cretin-Derham Hall's Relay is to raise $6,000. All donations go directly to the American Cancer Society, which uses the money they receive for many different purposes, including providing programs for survivors and families as well as the funding for research to find a cure for cancer. Some programs available to survivors through the American Cancer Society include Hope Lodge, which provides free housing to patients receiving treatment away from their home, Road to Recovery which provides volunteer transportation to treatment when patients can no longer drive or afford to get to treatment, and a 24 hour helpline, as well many more resources.  You can find descriptions of the American Cancer Society's programs, and services for survivors, on their website.  Aside from programming and assistance for survivors, each year the American Cancer Society invests $130 million dollars in cancer research!


Ms. Katie Carroll