Carroll Cancer Advocacy Network is an on-campus cancer awareness group that was founded by senior Stephanie Fair and John Carroll University alumna Maura Jochum who serves as the, advisor to the group. The group officially became recognized as a student organization on campus in the fall of 2013. Fair, who serves as president of the organization, had been working on the idea of the organization since last year.
The group’s three main goals are to fundraise for cancer research, create awareness of all types of cancer and to help the community that is specifically affected by cancer. These goals are supported by their motto: “Raise Awareness, Raise Funds, and Lend a Hand.”
This Saturday, March 29, Carroll CAN will be having a dance-a-thon which is open to all faculty, staff and students. The Streak-A-Thon: Dance Away Cancer event will take place in the DeCarlo Varsity Center from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Registration takes place online at www.jcu.edu/carrollCAN. The registration cost is $10 per person, or $15 with a T-shirt. Registration also takes place at the door on the day of the event and the money is directly used as a donation.
Proceeds of the event are split up into three categories that align with the group’s motto – Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network and The Gathering Place.
Lend a Hand committee chair of the Carroll CAN group Kaelyn Gates, who also serves as The Carroll News’ business manager, explained the idea of the dance-a-thon.
“The dance-a-thon was popular at other schools such as Penn State. It was a new and exciting idea that had never been done at John Carroll before,” said Gates.
Different student organizations on campus will be involved by sponsoring raffle baskets to be raffled off at the event. There will be representatives from various student groups present to sell tickets for the raffle baskets.
The baskets will include items such as gift cards to local restaurants and other places near JCU. The dance is not a competition, but merely for fun. Those who stay the full six hours will receive extra entries for the raffle prizes.
This is not the first fundraiser this group has organized. They sponsored a Casual for Cancer dress down event for faculty and staff where the proceeds went to The Gathering Place. They sold pinnies for the Susan G. Komen cancer awareness themed JCU basketball game. They also worked with Greek Life groups Kappa Delta and Lambda Chi Alpha in a program called “Give a Heart, Take a Heart” where the money was used to send chemotherapy care packages to hospitals and the Taussig Cancer Institute. One-hundred packages were sent to hospitals and 50 were sent to the Taussig Institute.