UGA student honors her deceased mother through involvement on the Executive Board of UGA Relay For Life
After the devastating loss of her mother to cancer in July of 2012, University of Georgia student Emily Moller, 20, dedicates her time to serving on exec for UGA Relay For Life in order to honor her mother’s life.
As the Greek Recruitment Chair for UGA Relay For Life, Moller is responsible for encouraging the Greek community to not only become involved, but to also remain involved and active in this student philanthropy. With her mother’s memory as her inspiration, Emily strives to give back to the community in a positive light through fundraising for the American Cancer Society as a leader in UGA Relay For Life.
Through chapter speaks, communication with sorority and fraternity presidents and the organization of events incorporating the Greek system into UGA Relay, Emily’s job as Greek Recruitment chair is to act as an educated and responsible liaison between the Greek system and UGA Relay. Emily coordinates and hosts events to actively involve the Greek system the organization in a fun and exciting way because the Greek system has such a large impact on the university and a very active role in UGA Relay. 23 percent of the student body is involved in Greek life, and Emily recognizes this as a significant sector of our campus that can make an impact in the worthwhile organization. Recently, Moller coordinated a Greek flag football tournament as a fundraising event on Myers Quad to encourage further Greek participation.
Maggie Walker, the Assistant Director of UGA Relay states, “The best thing about Emily is her passion to make her love for her mom and Relay known. She will work all day and all night to make sure that Relay is the best it can be through letting every Greek organization know what is going on in our organization. She is one of the most dedicated and selfless people I know, and she is an incredible asset to the leadership in Relay.”
Relay For Life is a national nonprofit organization that works to hold events comprised as the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Thousands of participants, supporters, and volunteers around America actively contribute to Relay For Life and participate in Relay’s events to fundraise for the American Cancer Society with the goal of helping to save lives from cancer.
At The University of Georgia, UGA Relay For Life is one of the three largest student philanthropies on campus, along with UGA Miracle and UGA Heroes. With 44 teams and 1,083 participants already involved this school calendar, UGA Relay has already raised $38,013.96 for the American Cancer Society. The main event is to be held this spring on April 17, 2015 at the Intramural fields, where teams of participants will camp out over night and take turns walking or running around a track for 24 hours, constantly with at least one team member awake and on the track. Teams remain active in this way for an entire day without sleep because cancer never sleeps, and this metaphor is signature of Relay For Life.
Amy Moller, 49, passed away on July 20th, 2012, leaving behind her biggest pride and joy, her two children Emily and Christopher. As a former UGA graduate, Amy inspired Emily to attend the University of Georgia, following in her mother’s footsteps as she entered her freshman year at the university less than a month after her mother’s tragic death. Emily decided that her college career would be about giving back to the community in a way that would honor her mother, which she has full heartedly done so through her involvement in UGA Relay for Life.
“I knew I wanted to find a community within UGA that would be able to understand the hard time I am going through with the loss of my mother and would be there for me when I struggle in this regard, which is why I chose Relay. I have made some of the best friends I could ask for through UGA Relay, and I could not be more grateful. I want to find a cure for cancer so one day people will not have to go through what I had to go through with the loss of my mother,” said Moller.
Blayne McDonald, the development director of UGA Relay speaks positively of Emily, stating, “Her charisma and creativity shines in everything she does. Emily is always excited about new tasks and willing to help with whatever is asked of her and more.”