Erin Tlachac is a junior studying child psychology at the University of Minnesota, a U of M Admissions Ambassador, and a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last May, but with a positive spirit and many treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Erin beat cancer. She told her story to the 1,700 participants at the ninth-annual Relay For Life last Friday.
I was one of the lucky listeners at the event that night. Relay For Life, put on by Colleges Against Cancer, involved 140 teams who walked to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday, April 27. Emily's speech was incredibly touching, and I think the entire audience was able to look at life from a different perspective after hearing her story. Erin said she worked hard to stay optimistic, and the hardest part was losing her hair. At Relay For Life, Erin was able to walk a lap with fellow cancer survivors.
It was a very rainy night, but supporters of the cause stayed awake, walked, played games, and attended the luminaria celebration--a candlelight vigil--to honor victims taken by cancer. Eric was part of the Admissions Ambassador's team, which came in third as one of the leading donation teams at the event.
Erin is still involved with the Admissions Ambassadors as a co-chair with her best friend Quintin Walker, who said he "was impressed and proud of her attitude throughout the summer." I hope that Erin continues to share her story and reaches even more people to help support the cure for cancer in the future.
If you are interested in learning more about Relay For Life and how you can be involved with the program in the future please visit the Relay for Life website. Additionally, click here for more information about the American Cancer Society.