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The Ball State Colleges Against Cancer program allows students, faculty, and staff to work together to bring American Cancer Society programs and services to college communities nationwide.

 

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What is College Against Cancer?

College Against Cancer (CAC) is a program created to help eliminate cancer by initiating and supporting the programs of the American Cancer Society on college campuses. It is a program designed by and administered by college students from across the country and is supported by the American Cancer Society.

The program is designed to allow students and staff to wok through many different channels to eliminate cancer. These channels are our strategic directions—advocacy, cancer education, Relay For Life, and survivorship. Local chapters work alongside their local offices and national leadership to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society in these directions. Whether it is writing letters to Congressmen, organizing Relay For Life, or teaching students about preventing cancer, thee program enables college students to battle cancer on their campuses.

Mission Statement

American Cancer Society College Against Cancer is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities

Strategic Directions

  1. Advocacy

  2. Cancer Education

  3. Relay For Life

  4. Survivorship

Our Strategic Direction National Vision

Advocacy—Realizing the unique advocacy opportunities of the college community, the CAC National Leadership Team will maintain an up-to-date knowledge of American Cancer Society advocacy initiative; help adapt those initiatives to the college environments; recommend those initiatives to local Colleges Against Cancer chapters; and help coordinate any nationwide advocacy efforts.

Examples include:
–Legislative grassroots advocacy
–Anti-tobacco initiatives (smoke-free campuses, Great American Smokeout)

Cancer Education—Realizing the unique cancer education needs of the college community, the CAC National Leadership Team will maintain an up-to-date knowledge of American Cancer Society cancer control, education, and prevention programs; help adapt those programs to the college environment; and motivate local College Against Cancer chapters to implement those activities.

Examples include:
–Breast cancer prevention strategies
–Anti-tobacco education
–Nutrition and lifestyle issues

Relay For Life—Realizing the unique nature of the college community, the CAC National Leadership Team will work to develop, grow, and encourage youth involvement in Relay For Life; establish new collegiate Relay For Life events or join community Relay For Life events; and encourage a presence of advocacy, cancer education, and survivorship at those events.

Survivorship—Realizing the unique survivorship needs of the college community, the CAC National Leadership Team will work with local College Against Cancer chapters to honor survivors, as well as others personally affected by cancer; evaluate their needs; adapt American Cancer Society programs to fit those needs; and maintain and improve their quality of life.

Examples include:
–Relay For Life Involvement
–Support groups
–Visits to local hospital oncology units

                 For questions about the Ball State chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, please e-mail esfurry@bsu.edu.