The Philadelphia University chapter of Colleges Against Cancer recently added three more awards to their already impressive list.
The group was previously recognized as the regional and national rookie chapter of the year for the 2010-11 academic year. Adding to those honors, PhilaU’s chapter was recognized in December at the Relay for Life Southeast Regional Summit. The awards included: first place for outstanding survivor recruitment efforts, first place for outstanding fundraising efforts and second place in outstanding team recruitment efforts.
The group raised cancer survivor participation in its annual Relay for Life fundraiser by 500 percent, said chapter president Jennifer Stypinski ’12, a pre-med major. Fundraising efforts for Relay for Life increased 86 percent and team recruitment was up 42 percent for the fast-growing campus event.
PhilaU’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer formed in 2010 and has since hosted numerous cancer awareness, fundraising and educational events. Last year, the Relay for Life event at PhilaU raised nearly $50,000 to support cancer research.
“It was an incredible year for Relay for Life in every aspect,” Freeman said. “We surpassed our survivor involvement goal, our participation goal by hundreds, and our monetary goal by thousands. It is amazing to see how passionate the campus community is as a whole about fighting cancer and further cancer research.”