Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Mia Cannon

An Outstanding Islander

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Alumnus Mia Cannon “bleeds purple” for Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society (ACS) event that celebrates the lives of cancer survivors, remembers loved-ones lost, and raises funds to help fight the disease.

In 2011, the ACS recognized Cannon for her unwavering commitment in the fight against cancer and for her many roles with Relay For Life. She was honored with the “Youth Spirit of Relay Award” by the ACS High Plains Division, selected from nominees in six states and Guam.

As team development chair for the 2012 Relay For Life Downtown Corpus Christi to be held June 22 at Whataburger Field, Cannon will help oversee more than 100 teams for the largest over-night ACS fundraiser in the Coastal Bend. The event benefits the services and educational programs of local ACS chapters.

“There aren’t too many all-night events that bring people together from all walks of life,” said Cannon, who graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration Management in May 2009. “This is also a special way to honor the memory of my aunt who passed away from cancer, and my grandmother who is a survivor.”

Cannon also serves as regional council youth specialist for the South Central Region and is a member of the High Plains Youth and Young Adult Task Force. As communications chair for the National College To Community Advisory Workgroup, she keeps college volunteers engaged with ACS even after they graduate.  And, at the Corpus Christi-Wide Team Captain University, she gives volunteers the tools they need to be successful at Relay for Life events.

Preparation for these ACS leadership roles began while Cannon, a former President’s Ambassador and Student Affairs employee, was a University student. In 2008, she was team captain of the Islander Cultural Alliance Team for the Colleges Against Cancer event held on the University campus. Two years later, she chaired the entire University event, helping raise more than $40,000, an increase in funds by 73 percent. Today, Cannon continues her support as a mentor.

“Being a student activities leader and president of one of the largest campus organizations has inevitably helped me in my job,” she said. “I’ve learned to work with different people so I can relate to customers and assist them with anything they need.”

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