Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is one of the most prominent student groups at the University of Minnesota. This organization hosts various events and fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for cancer research. Members also volunteer and spread cancer awareness throughout the community. CAC often volunteers at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, a homestay for cancer patients that live far away from the treatment centers in the Twin Cities.
Colleges Against Cancer's biggest event every year is the Relay For Life. Relay For Life is an overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the overall theme was "Fight for your Right to Birthday Party!". I participated on the Public Relations Student Society of America's team and had a great time. It is a really moving event and I was proud to be a part of it. The U of M raised over $201,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year CAC's goals for the Relay For Life are to raise $222,000, have 222 teams participate, and attract 2,600 individual participants.
CAC's next event is to promote lung cancer awareness. The event is called "Kicking Ash" and will feature a talent contest that students can enter by submitting an audio recording of how they use their voice for singing, poetry, acting, etc. The top six entrants chosen will perform at the event. In addition to the contest, bands will be performing throughout the night. The event is free, and there will be prizes!
To learn more about Colleges Against Cancer, visit its website or Facebook page.