Hubbard family helping support Relay for Life
By danny restivo
A Mahoning Valley high school student is carrying on a family tradition to support the fight against cancer.
“It’s just something I enjoy doing, and I know my family does,” said Taylor McLalin, a Hubbard High School senior.
For six years, Taylor has devoted herself to Relay for Life, a community-based walk that supports funding for cancer research. McLalin’s relay team, Team Taylor, has raised more than $6,000 during her six-year span of helping the charity. Though McLalin said no one in her immediate family has been stricken with cancer, she said close friends of the family have suffered.
“My whole goal is just to help people,” said McLalin, who plans on studying oncology nursing at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania next year.
McLalin said she got her start in the charity event through her family. She said she started helping her father’s Relay for Life team by walking and helping at raffles before beginning her own team.
Katie McLalin, Taylor’s mother, said their family of six comes together throughout the year to support their daughter’s goodwill efforts.
“It’s just something we enjoy doing as a family,” said Katie.
One of her family supporters is her 16-year-old brother Jerry McLalin. Her younger brother said he recently worked out a deal with the high school principal to allow students to wear graphic T-shirts for a day if they pay $1. He said all the proceeds will go toward his sister’s Relay fundraising.
“When we do this, we put all our problems behind and just worry about one thing, and that’s helping others,” said Jerry McLalin.
Katie also is raising money for a quilt, which has names of people affected by cancer stitched on it. She said she plans on raffling the quilt and an office chair donated by Gasser Chair Co. at the Relay for Life of Liberty at Churchill Park on May 17.
By working with her family, and supporting a good cause, Taylor McLalin said she gets a great deal of satisfaction.
“We’re all just trying to work together to make a difference,” said Taylor McLalin. “I don’t see us stopping anytime soon.”