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IC Fights Cancer!

Written by Meredith Farley

IC's students against cancer pose with their awards at the Eastern American Cancer Society Summit 2008

IC's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer won several prestigious awards at the Eastern American Cancer Society Summit 2008, including Most Participants at College Relay for Life Event, and Most Money Raised at Relay for Life Event. Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life is a 12-hour, overnight fund-raising event that draws thousands of participants in the Ithaca area.

Watch members of our CAC in the "cancer busters" skit from the conference!

"CAC works by educating students on cancer, organizing the annual Relay For Life with Cornell University, supporting survivors and caregivers, and promoting legislative advocacy to improve the situations of cancer patients," says Daniel Wald, Vice President of Campus Affairs. "We have done the Relay For Life with Cornell University for four years now. Last year we had almost 3,000 students participate, 1,000 being from IC, and we raised a combined $225,000 for the ACS."

CAC plans campus events like Pink Ribbon Ball and Protect Your Balls, which educate students about breast cancers and testicular cancer. The group is even planning an ovarian egg hunt around Easter. This year's Relay for Life event is scheduled for March.

"Many do not realize we go to classes among survivors. Cancer effects all ages and backgrounds. We all have a story, and it is great to have an organization on campus to support students and allow them to fight back in a positive way," adds Wald. 

Over 400 IC students are involved in CAC. "CAC is more than a student organization, it's a support group and a family. Our organization has students with a strong passion to end cancer," says Wald.










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