Concordia University Wisconsin, CAC (Concordia Against Cancer) is a club raising cancer awareness and is dedicated to educate the university about types of cancers while raising funds for research.
The CAC president, Amanda Westphal, leads the club with enthusiasm and influence by her personal experience.
“I am a cancer survivor myself, so seeing how there was almost no support for all types of cancers made me want to actually get one started,” Westphal said.
Emma Paulson, a childhood friend, fellow cancer survivor, and now fellow Concordia student with Westphal joined in the process of creating CAC. Together, with advice from an American Cancer Society rep and approval of Student Government, CAC propels into action beginning its first year.
A team of eight executive board members collaborate, putting together events and creating promotional awareness tactics to spread cancer awareness.
Her enthusiastic perspective on raising cancer awareness is the just the beginning to raising funds.
“We want to be able to change the mind set of when people hear ‘cancer’ they don’t automatically just think ‘pink’,” Westphal said.
Throughout the year CAC raises money for various cancer funds at CUW including “No Shave November” for prostate cancer, hair donations, and Relay for Life.
Relay for Life associated with the American Cancer Society raises awareness for all cancers. At this twelve-hour event teams participate in various events like yoga, Zumba, games, but primarily walking the track to raise money.
“Each team should also have at least one person walking the track at all times because this symbolizes that ‘cancer never stops so neither should I’,” Westphal said.
Westphal strongly encourages students to volunteer for events or join the team. Anyone interested in getting involved should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to get on the CAC email list.