Father Ryan High School hosted its annual Relay For Life on Saturday, Oct. 30, welcoming more than 1,000 visitors to the campus event and topping the fundraising goal of $175,000 for cancer research.
The exact figure raised by the school’s student-led committee and their supporters was $175,233.00.
Despite a rainy and cold Saturday, more than 1,000 students, parents, survivors, and others from the greater Nashville community came to the campus to participate in Relay For Life.
In addition to the Survivors’ Walk around the track in Giacosa Stadium, students had booths set up, where they sold baked goods, drinks, and food to help raise money. A Mass was held at 5 p.m., with a special intention set for all those who have survived, perished or are fighting cancer.
Father Ryan’s Relay For Life is the largest student-led Relay in the country, and in 2020, it was recognized nationally by the American Cancer Society with the Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Award. Since its inception, Father Ryan’s Relay For Life has raised more than $1.3 million for cancer research.
This year’s event was led by co-chairs Clara Johnson and Catherine Scott, both seniors in the Class of 2022.