Because of its initiatives in support of cancer awareness, Mercyhurst College has been deemed a “College Against Cancer” by the American Cancer Society.
Mercyhurst launched its first Relay for Life last year, and is coordinating another that will take place during a 12-hour span April 30-May 1. Campus organizations and athletic teams regularly conduct events in support of cancer awareness, including this year’s “Make a Point to Take Away Cancer” campaign initiated by Lakers head football coach Marty Schaetzle and the women’s hockey team’s “Skate for a Cure” event this weekend at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. (For more on this, visit Hurstathletics.)
In addition, Mercyhurst will partner with Hamot Medical Center to host the annual Breastival™/Testival to make young people aware of the warning signs of breast cancer and testicular cancer. That event is planned for April 6 on the Erie campus.
“The dedication and support Mercyhurst students provide to furthering the goals of the American Cancer Society is definitely reflected in campus activities,” said Ethan Johns, one of the organizers for this year’s Relay for Life. “Being designated as a ‘College Against Cancer’ truly honors Mercyhurst, exemplifying its core values in helping to fight for a cure for cancer.”
“Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society. With hundreds of chapters nationwide, CAC is showing the world that young people care and want to make a difference,” according to the CAC website.