College Students Pull an All-Nighter to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back

Cancer is a scary word. Colleges Against Cancer works to eliminate cancer through the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, education on prevention and early detection, and funding of research as well as supporting current and former cancer patients and their families.

The University of Scranton Colleges Against Cancer club works diligently to find a cure for cancer. Each year, a dedicated group of students works to promote a cure for cancer through fundraising, encouraging healthy lifestyles and supporting victims and loved ones who are battling or have battled cancer. This year, the CAC club worked extremely hard the entire school year. Starting in the fall semester the club held a pink week featuring daily events such as check your melons watermelon giveaway and a zumba event, to promote breast cancer awareness. The club also hosted The Great American Smoke Out to promote quitting smoking by providing resources and facts about the dangers of smoking. The club also gave away “quit kits” that were filled with things like Play-Doh, gum, mints and information including a call hotline.

During the spring semester the club got busy! They held events promoting awareness of brain, pancreatic, skin and ovarian cancer. The clubs biggest event was the Relay For Life (RFL). Before the RFL took place, the club put together a week’s worth of activities to draw campus attention to the event. Included in the events was, cuts for cancer. At this event students had the opportunity to donate 10 inches of hair to be made into wigs and given to cancer patients, shave their heads or put a purple strip in their hair. The way the event was promoted was using purple mylar balloons tied to committee members backpacks. Sarah Humbert’s balloon read, “I Relay so that no other child has to witness a parent battle cancer”.

The RFL was a 12 hour event held on Friday, May 4th which started with a survivor lap celebrating all those who have been diagnosed and those who have won their battles against cancer. Later in the night, a luminaria ceremony was held where luminaria bags lined the track. Each bag displayed the name of someone who was touched by cancer. Music was played and students were able to take time to reflect on how cancer has touched them. Lastly there was the fight back ceremony. The club decided to include the participants in the ceremony by having students write a short message about why they Relay. The student’s picture was taken and compiled into a video which was shown during the ceremony. “Seeing everyone’s reason to Relay and fight back against cancer was very inspirational and moving” said Katie Olives.

The most amazing accomplishment of this club though was the amount of money they raised for the fight against cancer. The ACS and committee had a goal of $41,600 which was surpassed. The amount raised so far this year is $61,973. This is a huge accomplishment for the about 350 participating students. The money raised by the group helps support the mission of the American Cancer Society which is to help fund research but most importantly provide numerous outreach opportunities for our 12 million cancer survivors. This organization exemplifies selfless service to the better of others, which is core value of the ACS.

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Colleges Against Cancer – The University of Scranton for American Cancer Society


The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.


  • This College Organization raised $61,973 through this Achievement alone
  • This Achievement alone helped over 350 people
  • This College Organization has helped over 1,000 people since January 1, 2011
  • This College Organization educated 100s of faculty and students on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and providing support for those who knew someone battling cancer

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