An astounding $1,450 was raised earlier this month by the student-led group, Colleges Against Cancer, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which takes place through all of October.
The group took part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at the nearby Waterloo Outlets, where they made their mark as one of the top three teams with the most donations. The key to their success lies in part to the group’s progression from seeking out strictly student involvement to seeking the participation of the entire Hobart and William Smith community.
Donations were made by students, professors, and parents, all of whom helped increase the group’s earnings more than $1,000 from last year’s Stride event. According to Colleges Against Cancer Co-President, Lynn Cutter ’09, “Parents were 100 percent behind this,” adding that the “contacts made are a major benefit to what we’re trying to accomplish.” Strong involvement from the Delta Chi Fraternity along with the Hobart lacrosse team also helped to make the event a success.
Students looking to help out with Colleges Against Cancer in the future are in luck, as the group holds monthly events. This coming November, the group will sponsor a “Protect Your Balls” dodgeball tournament during the William Smith Centennial Weekend to raise awareness for testicular cancer.
And even though gathering donations is a major part of what the organization does, getting the word out is just as important. “Awareness is the main purpose of Colleges Against Cancer,” Cutter commented, adding that, after witnessing the enthusiastic reaction from the Stride, things “can only go up from here.”