Fight against cancer a worthy cause for all groups involved

At USF and throughout Tampa, organizations, companies and individual citizens are coming together to help with the fight against cancer. There are many national organizations, such as The American Cancer Association and The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Association, which raise thousands of dollars for research each year. When students work hand-in-hand with these organizations to help with their cause, everyone benefits.

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 560,000 cancer victims are projected for 2004. One out of every three women, and one out of every two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. That is why local businesses, such as the Salon Athena North, also do their part in helping cancer-fighting organizations.

On April 17, the Salon will be hosting a “cut-a-thon,” in which all of their proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Association. With so many Americans affected, many feel compelled to get involved.

USF also provides students with ways to get involved on campus, and provides them with a chance to give back to the community.

For example, the Komen Association holds a “Race For A Cure” every fall. All proceeds raised at the race are donated to help the fight against breast cancer.

USF held an ACS “Relay for Life” March 20, in which teams of students collected bids and relayed for 18 hours in order to raise money for research.

Students at USF, particularly medical majors, have been encouraged and continue to volunteer with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and The Hope Lodge, both located on the Tampa campus.

It is commendable how local businesses and organizations get involved in such a worthy cause. Equally encouraging is students taking the time and initiative to volunteer as well. While a cure for cancer may not be just over the horizon, support given from organizations, be it student or professional, will help to garner support.