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Congratulations, Colleges Against Cancer! This quarter the Volunteer Center Fellows honors Colleges...

Bruin Heroes Award, Fall ’10 – Colleges Against Cancer

November 22nd, 2010

Congratulations, Colleges Against Cancer!

This quarter the Volunteer Center Fellows honors Colleges Against Cancer as the winner of the Bruin Heroes Award. Colleges Against Cancer is a well-established program with over 450 chapters across the nation. This organization continually exceeds their own goals and expectations, gaining multiple titles and recognition from the American Cancer Society. The UCLA Chapter was ranked first in the nation for the second year in a row. The Colleges Against Cancer collaboration aims to promote the programs and missions of the American Cancer Society through four main pillars: advocacy, cancer education, survivorship, and Relay for Life.

What makes the group so successful? Many of its members have a personal connection to its message. President Claudia Lam’s mother was a breast cancer survivor; she came to college inherently inspired to join Colleges Against Cancer. She believes its “members are so passionate and dedicated and truly care about what they are doing—stopping the disease in honor of a loved one, or fighting it so no one else will have to feel the same pain they have experienced.” There are even a few cancer survivors within the group. The club is clearly comprised of strong individuals whose efforts affect a wide range of students on campus.

This past year in particular has been remarkable for the group. They collected over 600 signatures for the California Cancer Research Act (CCRA), which proposes raising the tobacco tax in California and putting the revenue towards cancer research. Lam believes it will appear in the 2012 ballot. Their Relay for Life event had 1,600 participants on 154 teams, raising over $140,000. It was the top fundraising Relay for Life event in the California Youth Division. This annual event will take place in Drake Stadium in April. Its aim is to “celebrate the lives of those who have battled the disease, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.” In addition to these great achievements, Colleges Against Cancer also holds rallies in Bruin Plaza throughout the year, focusing on important topics such as Breast Cancer Awareness, the Great American Smokeout, and Sun Safety Awareness. Members from CAC also visit cancer patients in the Ronald Regan Center monthly, bringing seasonal gifts and cards. They even hold a Survivorship Barbeque for students to interact with survivors in the area.

Colleges Against Cancer has made their mark on campus, and they consistently to do so each year. Their efforts in reaching out to the community are noteworthy and unique. We applaud their accomplishments and are excited to see what is in store for them as they continue to expand. To find out more about the UCLA chapter of Colleges Against Cancer and how you can get involved, visit To participate in Relay for Life either as a participant or to donate, visit

(1) Colleges Against Cancer at UCLA

(2) The students from Colleges Against Cancer won outstanding national chapter of the year for 2010 outstanding effort in all 4 areas of importance to the American Cancer Society (ACS) such as for the best Relay for Life, Advocacy, Cancer Education, and Survivorship. The students’ organized Relay for Life on campus and had over 150 teams with over 1500 registered participants, and raising over $125,000 surpassing their goal for the year.

(3) Contact People:
Shelly Wu (
Claudia Lam (

More About the Bruin Heroes Award

The Bruin Heroes Award recognizes innovative and inspiring projects organized by UCLA organizations. Every day, thousands of students work in hundreds of groups on service projects worldwide. As a public institution, UCLA is dedicated to service and values the hard work of these Bruins and the passion motivating their endeavors. The goal of this award is to shine a light on these efforts.

The Bruin Heroes Award will be awarded monthly by the UCLA Volunteer Center. Award recipients are selected by the Volunteer Center Fellows from among a pool of nominations compiled by a group of chief campus advisors. Winners of the award receive recognition and support from the Volunteer Center as well as a monetary award. For more information email:

As of April 6, 2012, the Bruin Heroes Award has been renamed the Mongelli Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. For more information regarding this honor, please visit:
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