Last year, Middlebury Relay's 90 teams, made up of 980 participants from the college and community, raised $114,800. This year, they hope to have 1,000 participants and raise $130,000. It is important to note that the college is just $50,000 from the $1 million mark for dollars raised. This year's fundraising is particularly important because it marks a milestone for Middlebury. The Middlebury chapter of Relay was founded seven years ago by Mia's older brother, Ross Lieb-Lappen '07, and Meg Young '07. Lieb-Lappen and Bryan hope to host a party to celebrate this achievement. The main goal for this year's Relay, aside from raising as much money as possible for cancer research, Bryan explained, is to attract more community involvement. "There can be such a disconnect between the college and the community," she said. "This is a great way to work with our neighbors towards a common goal."
Another joint effort between the college and the community to fundraise is called Relay Week and will occur April 2-8. During these five days, various businesses in town will donate a percent of proceeds to Middlebury Relay for Life. Lieb-Lappen reminds students that Relay