Relay For Life of District 88 Youth raises more than $60,000 for American Cancer Society

Willowbrook and Addison Trail recently showed giving back is a cornerstone of District 88 pride.

From March 4 to 5, the 12th annual Relay For Life of District 88 Youth event took place at Willowbrook, and more than 400 students and community members attended. This year’s event raised more than $60,000 for the American Cancer Society. In total, this event has collected more than $700,000 during the last 12 years.

Participants enjoyed a variety of activities and games, and there also was a luminaria to honor more than 70 individuals who are fighting cancer or who have lost their battle with cancer. The relay began by celebrating more than 15 survivors, as they walked the first lap around the track.

The top three teams with fundraising were:

  1. Rai2e For A Cur3: $17,014

  2. Class of 2025: $9,932

  3. Freshmen - Class of 2026: $7,781

The top 10 fundraising individuals were:

  1. District 88 Transition Program student Tad Tchop: $6,500

  2. Willowbrook sophomore Ryan Murphy: $1,286

  3. Willowbrook math teacher and Co-Curricular Coordinator Ed Sullivan: $1,244

  4. Willowbrook junior Elle Bruschuk: $955

  5. Willowbrook sophomore Olivia Pollak: $886

  6. Willowbrook sophomore Wendalynn Pollak: $885

  7. Willowbrook senior Dylan Lyons: $800

  8. Willowbrook senior Sofia Angiulo: $662

  9. Willowbrook senior Garrett Williams: $566

  10. Willowbrook senior Kathryn Latham: $531

During the event, District 88 Transition Program student Tad Tchop was honored for being the lifetime top fundraiser for the Relay For Life of District 88 Youth event. Tchop has raised more than $19,000 during the past six years and was this year's top fundraiser. To recognize Tchop's tremendous accomplishment, the event's Relay For Life Purple Chair was dedicated in his name.