Spotlight on Clubs: CAC (PLV)
A group of passionate Pace students are kicking events and awareness into high gear to kick away cancer for good. Learn more about what you can do to get involved and make a change in this Q&A with Colleges Against Cancer (PLV) Vice President Nick D’Antoni.
From hosting important awareness and fundraising events such as Relay For Life and Pace Goes Pink athletic games, Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) consistently brings their passion for providing support and finding a cure to the Pleasantville community. With hundreds of chapters like ours here at PLV, 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.
In this Q&A, Colleges Against Cancer Vice President Nick D’Antoni talks what makes the group so special and how every student that gets involved can truly making a difference in the world. Join CAC in the coming weeks for their Breast Cancer Awareness Month events including Believe in Beauty on Wednesday, October 12; the Pace Goes Pink football game on Saturday, October 15; and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 16.
Q: What makes your club unique to Pace?
A: I think what makes our club unique is the people and the amount of time and effort that each person puts into the club, making sure each and every event is a success.
Q: What’s one of your proudest moments as a club?
A: I would have to say as a club, one of our proudest moments has to be the day after Relay for Life because we're able to see what the organization as a whole accomplished throughout the year and how it all came full circle at Relay for Life. I give all of the credit to Colleges Against Cancer President Antonietta Dalia and the rest of our wonderful members for having such a successful event last year. I didn't join the organization until this past February, but I quickly realized how strong the culture and chemistry was with this group right away from the first meeting based on how well prepared they were and how they kept their members engaged in the conversation at hand.
Q: Why should people join your club?
A: People should join our club because first of all, we are very welcoming and will accept everyone. Secondly, we can't fight cancer alone! We want to rally as many people as we can together to fight this battle. The more the better. Our group is very happy when new members arrive at meetings and events. Students should join to make a difference in others' lives, as well as their own. Even if you help just one person, you're making a difference in the world!
Q: What signature events and achievements are you guys known for and do you have any coming up?
A: Our signature events that we're known for are the fall and spring kickoffs, raising money along with funny activities, all leading up to our big signature event, Relay for Life, which is happening on April 21 and 22 in Goldstein Fitness Center from 4:00 p.m.–4:00 a.m. The event as a whole unites everyone together for 12 hours as we walk to together around the track, listen to cancer survivors tell their stories, play and run fun events in the gym, and raise money for the event as a whole. Every year the event keeps getting better and better and we're hoping and planning for the best one yet for this upcoming year.
Q: If you could describe your club in one word, what would it be?
A: If I could describe my club in one word, I would have to use the word "unity” because this is a group effort and none of these fun events happen if no one is on the same page. The goals of our club are to make each and every event more successful than the last one, and to get as many new members as possible. At our first meeting, the room filled beyond belief. We love that! In fact we want more people. The more, the better! Like I said before, there are weekly meetings on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. in Miller 27. This is the perfect place for students or spectators to go if they want to get involved with Colleges Against Cancer and learn about future upcoming events.
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