The steps I took to get my team off the ground and continue it to this day were extensive. I hold monthly meetings every year in order to build unity amongst my team and devotion and understanding of the cause. At these meetings, we create a team theme, a banner, t-shirts, a spirit stick, flyers, and most importantly, plans for fundraising.
After leading my team for two consecutive years, I became restless in my position as I sought to make a larger impact on the event. To accomplish this, I joined the event planning committee and have now been a member of that for the past three years. This year, I was honored with the position of “Youth Team Recruiting and Mentoring Chair.” This means that I am in a charge of getting more students to start teams of their own, and then helping them along the way to their goal. As many of my team members and I will be going off to school next year, the co-chairs of the event hope that through my influence in this position, I will be able to find another driven student to take over as the dominant youthful participant at the event.
Ultimately, I believe that every effort towards a cure is important, and that is why I annually find a way to balance both my role on the planning committee and my position as team captain with my extensive school work, extracurricular, and after-school job. Over the past four years, my team and I have risen over $20,000 for cancer research and awareness, but we are not done yet. For our senior year, I am sure that my team will not settle for any small amount and that we will want to make the greatest impact with the influence we have. It is my hope that if we, as a team, a country and a world, can start at ground level, like I have done, and go from there, we will one day find a cure for the tragic disease of cancer that plagues us all.