Sacred Heart Relay For Life Club Gains 25 New Members

News Story: December 19, 2018

Relay For Life Club students at Saugatuck Sweets fundraiser Relay For Life club fundraiser at Saugatuck Sweets

Sacred Heart University’s Relay For Life club recently added 25 new members, all from the freshmen class.

“Having so many new members is always great, as it brings in a lot of fresh ideas,” said Pezzella, a sociology major. “This group in particular has been so vocal with their ideas, and we’ve taken most of them into consideration when planning events for this year.”

“A bigger group broadens our overall outreach. The new members can reach out to their freshmen friend groups to inform them about our cause and invite them to our events throughout the year,” said Heins, a nursing major.

So far this year, the club conducted a fundraiser at Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield, where members scooped ice cream for customers throughout the day. They raised $260 in three hours.

The club also hosted a Halloween party in October for cancer survivors, sharing lunch and decorating pumpkins with the guests.

“Our committee got to meet these survivors and form bonds with them, which is awesome because they are the reason we do what we do,” Pezzella said.

In early December, club members wrote holiday cards to cancer patients, watched a holiday movie, drank hot cocoa and made snow globes.

Freshmen marketing major Victoria Scanlon has been an active member of Relay For Life for five years, since joining the cause in high school.

“I enjoy being a part of Relay For Life because I get to spread awareness, raise money for those fighting and support the people close to me who have been affected,” said Scanlon.  “I was so excited to join the club here, and I am proud to be the community outreach chair.”

“Having many new members that are so interested and passionate gives us comfort that the club will continue to progress after we have graduated,” Pezzella said. “We have given a few freshman leadership positions on our executive board, and they have done excellent work so far.”

Members on the executive board help run the club.

For more information about Relay For Life, email Pezzella ( or Heins (