Students hold fundraiser for American Cancer SocietyThrough a year-long fundraising effort, Penn State Berks students collected $240 for the American Cancer Society. Fundraising began in fall 2009 in Biology 416 "Cell Regulation and Cancer," taught by Dr. Tami Mysliewicz, Associate Professor of Biology at Penn State Berks.
Community service was part of the course requirements, and it was in this class that Jen Martin, a senior majoring in Biology and president of the campus Science Club, first got involved in the project. In the spring 2010 semester, Martin took the project to the Science Club, which was looking for community service ideas, and they continued the fundraising efforts.
Students set up table displays in various campus buildings, where other students could make a donation and take a "pledge against cancer" in which they wrote one action they planned to take to live a healthier lifestyle. The students also collected donations during the Relay for Life fundraising event.
According to Martin, many members of the club had personal reasons for getting involved in the project. They presented the funds to the American Cancer Society's Reading office on Friday, June 11, 2010.