They danced, they did Yoga and even played Twister!

IMG_7676But make no mistake, the more than 80 students who turned out for the American Cancer Society’s premiere event, its Relay for Life, were serious about their commitment to fighting cancer.

“It was by far the biggest delegation from Saint Viator,” Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V., president, said. “They raised more than $11,000.”

Saint Viator students have participated in Relay for Life in Arlington Heights for 12 years and they consistently are the largest team at the event and biggest fundraisers.

“I’m so proud of our kids,” Mrs. Cathy Abrahamian, moderator of the Students Against Cancer Club, said. “Saint Viator students started participating long before we established a Christian Service requirement.”

The event returned indoors this year, to the Arlington Park clubhouse, managed by Saint Viator parent, Tony Petrillo.

Emotions were running high right from the start, during the Survivors’ Lap, when Saint Viator faculty, alumni and a current student led the team during the opening ceremony. They included: Dr. Deb Scerbicke, Fr. Arnie Perham C.S.V., Mr. John Paulik; Matt Paolelli ’01 and Michael Dziedzic ’17.

More faculty and staff helped throughout the night, including: Mrs. Jean Dziedzic, Mr. Don Abrahamian, Coach Eric Abrahamian, Mrs. Rita Scully, Fr. Corey Brost, Mr. Chris Paolelli, Mrs. Lynn Slezak, Mrs. Ruth Stonecipher, and parent, Mrs. Sheryl Wolf.

“Our students really enjoy having faculty and staff come out to support the cause,” Mrs. Abrahamian added. “It is a moving event, especially with the luminaria memorial service and our own midnight prayer service led by our students.”