DSC_0532If there’s one event that Saint Viator students are committed to, it’s the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Since 1999, they have participated in the overnight event in Arlington Heights, and nearly every year they have been the largest team in attendance and raised the most money.

This year was no different. A total of 106 students participated this year at Arlington Park and raised more than $13,000 for American Cancer Society programs and ultimately to find a cure.

Over the last 12 years, Saint Viator students and their families have raised $138,346 for cancer fighting programs.

Survivors from the Saint Viator faculty led the team onto the track during the opening survivor lap, including Fr. Arnold Perham, CSV, Dean Deborah Scerbicke, Mr. John Paulik, Mrs. Vicky Giusti and student survivor, Michael Dziedzic ’17.

More faculty members came out to support the students and their fundraising efforts, including: Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, Br. John Eustice, CSV, Mr. Kevin Hogendorp, Mrs. Barb D’Urso and Mrs. Lynn Slezak, also a cancer survivor.

DSC_0489Students, however, drove the success of the event, says Mrs. Cathy Abrahamian who has moderated the event since 2005. She pointed to the midnight prayer service they led for everyone in attendance, as well as active participation throughout the night.

“Our students were involved in every event during the night,” Mrs. Abrahamian said, “and they exhibited a never-ending willingness to help.”

She points to her superstar fundraisers, who led the team: Briana Kapka ’17, who raised more than $900; Claudia Russo ’17, who raised $500 and Carolyn Bielawski ’17, who raised more than $350.

Mrs. Abrahamian and her husband, Don, served as overnight chaperones, as well as Mrs. Rita Scully, Mrs. Jean Dziedzic, Coach Eric Abrahamian ’10 and parents, Mrs. Sheryl Wolf and Jim McGuire ’89.