Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Joshua Begley

Activities? I’m a co-chair of Colleges Against Cancer and co-chair of the Relay For Life of Wheaton College, a member of Best Buddies, a member and former president of BACCHUS (an alcohol awareness/alternative programming club), and I participated in the Habitat For Humanity’s alternative spring break trip to Montana.

Why I Relay. Three of my four grandparents are cancer survivors. I have been blessed to have them in my life for so long. I dedicate each Relay I participate in to them, and to many others, as well: family friends, former teachers, and fellow Wheaton students who are cancer survivors.

Relay is the American Cancer Society’s primary fundraising event. It’s also a truly inspirational, and fun, overnight community event.

I used my Balfour Scholarship to intern at the local American Cancer Society office in the summer of 2008. During my internship, I worked on community business profiles and did outreach to businesses to advertise and fund raise for the 2008 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston, MA.

Favorite team? I’m a die hard Red Sox fan.  The number of Yankees fans at Wheaton disturbs me.  I find it best to just not talk to them about the “b” word – baseball.

Most thrilling adventure? In October, on a whim, I took a New England road trip one weekend.  I drove through northern Massachusetts to the Berkshires, staying with a friend at Williams College for a little while.  Then I went north to Burlington, Vermont.  I stayed there overnight, enjoyed the city the next morning, then went east to Franconia, New Hampshire.  On the way there I stopped in Montpelier, which, in addition to being the smallest state capital, is also clearly the most adorable.  Before heading back to Wheaton I took an aerial tramway up Cannon Mountain and was thrilled at how much snow was at the top.  Plus, the views were amazing!