UMass Boston to Walk for Cancer Research at First Campus Relay for Life Event April 26

Colleen Locke | April 25, 2016
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Members of "The Tumerators": Jason Fong, Cody Boehner, Jennifer Boulter, and Isam Adam
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UMass Boston is hosting a Relay for Life event on campus this week.

Event sponsor Jill Macoska, the director of UMass Boston’s Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy, helped bring the American Cancer Society fundraiser to campus after she went to the ACS website and saw that other colleges and universities hold relays.

“I thought this would be a great thing to get students involved in; it would get information across about cancer prevention and cancer treatment and also raise funds for the ACS,” Macoska said. “I have spent my research career in the area of cancer research and have been personally touched by cancer – both of my parents are deceased from cancer.”

Macoska and the faculty and students who have already signed up to walk and raise money for cancer research, patient support, and caregiver support want the UMass Boston community to go online and either sign up to walk from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 in the Clark Athletic Center or donate. The goal is to collectively raise $20,000.
Assistant Professor of Biology Catherine McCusker is the team captain for “I Heart the Biology Department.” Freshman biology major Isam Adam of Brockton is the team captain for “The Tumerators.”

“This event provides funds for research to develop new ways to detect and treat cancer. It provides funds for patient support, such as transportation to and from doctor appointments, home-care visits, and wigs for cancer patients who lost their hair from chemotherapy. Without this kind of fundraising event the ability of the ACS and other organizations like it to offer these services would be impossible,” Macoska said.

The Division of Student Affairs is co-sponsoring this event.

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