Founding of The Laker Anchor of Hope Relay for Life Team
In October 2010, Lakers lost one of its wonderful staff members – Michelle Chiotti – to ovarian cancer. Michelle, a 2001 Laker graduate, battled this cancer for two years. During that time, Laker students made some beautiful teal cancer ribbons for her. Students and staff talked a lot about helping others and how students can make a difference. The Relay For Life was part of that discussion.
After Michelle passed away, staff members knew they wanted to do something in her honor, and they started a Laker Relay For Life team.
With the administration’s support, the team “Laker Anchor of Hope” was created.
The team has sold many feet, stars, luminaria bags, T-shirts, carnations and has held bake sales. Staff, students and administration have come and walked at Relay For Life and they have met more amazing survivors and family members who have struggled with this dreadful disease.
As a group, the Laker Anchor of Hope has raised $99,413 since forming in 2011. As of late October 2018, with the Laker Volleyball Dig Pink event, the team will have raised more than $100,000. A special $100,000 Day is scheduled for November 19, during which multiple activities will take place. More information will be released at a later date.
The team is fully committed to the fight against cancer. Lakers is proud to have its students involved in events that are related to such a worthy cause.