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Chelsea Zesch

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Year: Junior

Major: Spanish and Chinese

What exactly is Relay for Life for those that don’t know: Relay for Life is the American Cancer Societies largest fundraiser. It’s a yearlong fundraiser where teams compete to raise the most money. On the event night, team members switch off walking around a track all night to symbolize the constant battle of cancer.

What position do you hold for Relay for Life Nola Universities: I’m the Outreach Chair for the Nola Universities team, which includes Tulane, Loyola, UNO, and Xavier.

What does this entail: I oversee four different aspects for Relay: publicity, team development (recruitment and registration), Greek life liaison, and the athletic liaison. I’m responsible for overseeing everything that goes on before the event.

How and why did you get involved in Relay: Freshman year I started a team in my sorority and we raised the most money of any team. Sophomore year I was registration chair. A lot of family members have had cancer. The more I learn about it the more I think it is ridiculous we don’t have a cure. 1/3 of women and half of men will have it. When someone gains ability to help and realizes how many people you’re helping, you can’t stop. It makes me so happy. Some people “relay” for a specific person, but others “relay” for the future, for more birthdays throughout the world.

What are your goals for Relay this year: We are so excited about Relay this year! Every year we are careful not to overextended goals. $60,000 is technically our monetary goal but we always exceed it. We know we will be successful because at this point, we reached the number of money raised and teams created as that we didn’t have until January last year.

What else are you involved in around campus/in Nola: I’m a member of Pi Phi Sorority. I’m also involved in the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation Program, an endurance events and training program featuring marathons & triathlons that fight cancer.

What comes to mind when you think of Tulane: Individuality, because everyone has their own thing going on and everyone is involved in something different.

What is your favorite place to eat in Nola: Panchitas. It’s a little Mexican rest on Carrollton with the best salsa and it’s so cheap! (1434 South Carrollton Avenue)

What is your favorite place to shop in Nola: The Blues Jean Bar (5500 Magazine St)

Any other hobbies: Scuba diving, photography, and my ukulele.

How can people get involved/sign up for Relay New Orleans Universities: People can sign up by joining a team or making a team (a minimum of 8 people to fundraise and attend the event with) by going to www.relayforlife.org/nolau. They can also donate money on this website. Also, to stay constantly updated, you can like “Relay for Life New Orleans Universities” on Facebook.

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