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Student Organization Spotlight: Colleges Against Cancer

SDSU's Colleges Against Cancer club is on a mission to create a world with more birthdays.
Members of the organization participating in the 2013 Relay for Life at SDSU.
Members of the organization participating in the 2013 Relay for Life at SDSU.

The Colleges Against Cancer of SDSU club was founded in order to establish a student organization under which SDSU students would be able to come together in order to join the fight against cancer. 

"We pride ourselves on our ambition to serve the community, raise money for the American Cancer Society and be a part of finding a cure for cancer and creating a world with more birthdays," said Katie Foster, director of events for the organization.

What made you want to join this organization?

As one of the co-founders, we founded this organization for our Relay For Life event to have a more powerful presence on campus.  For the past several years we held Relay For Life events at various locations around the campus, but were never able to hold the event on campus. 

We established the organization to gain support from Associated Students, the office of Student Life and Leadership and other student organizations in order to make our event bigger and more well known across campus.

I joined because my mother is a cancer survivor and this was my personal way to join the fight against cancer and show people that is possible to beat cancer. 

What motivated you to get involved once you were a member?

This organization was the opportunity to be a part of making sure that no one ever has to hear the words, "You have cancer," ever again. 

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a workshop for the SDSU Leadership Certificate Program and Randy Timm, the director of Student Life and Leadership, asked me to identify 5 goals. I identified one of mine as "be an unconventional part of curing cancer."  When some people hear "I want to cure cancer," they think about a guy in a lab coat in a lab testing samples. While this is equally important, our organization's efforts provide not only money for cancer research, but money for patients to get to and from treatment, which saves lives. I am extremely proud to say that I save lives by fundraising money for the American Cancer Society. 

What has been the highlight of your time with the organization?

When we first founded this organization, the number of emails that we received from students wanting to get involved was almost overwhelming.  It was definitely the highlight of my time with the organization to see that there were that many students willing to get involved in the fight against cancer so soon after we became a recognized organization. 

What kind of activities does your organization plan/attend? Does your organization have any events coming up?


Our organization was founded mainly for the purpose of having a Relay For Life event on campus.  Relay For Life is a 24 hour fundraiser and awareness event put on by the Colleges Against Cancer club and the American Cancer Society.  Our event will take place from 10 a.m., April 12 to 10 a.m., April 13.

Are there any faculty members that have been fundamental in the success of your organization?

Timm and the entire Student Life and Leadership staff have been a huge part of our success. They have answered every question I've had, promoted our event, helped us fundraise and have been vital to the success we've had so far in planning our event. 

When it comes to finding new members for your organization, what type of students are you looking for?

We look for any student that wants to join in the fight against cancer and wants to be a part of curing this disease that has taken too much from the world.  Our members each have their own personal reasons for joining the cause, whether it be that their loved one has or have had cancer, they have had cancer themselves, or they just want to help create a world with more birthdays. We look for anyone who wants to be a part of the world's largest movement against cancer. 

Is there a membership fee?

Starting next year there will be a small membership fee for club T-shirts and members will have the opportunity to earn an honor cord for the SDSU Commencement ceremony. 

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