February 4th is World Cancer Day. The World Health Organization attributes cancer as the cause of 8.2 million deaths around the globe. Many campus service groups at UCLA are dedicated to fighting cancer. Below, you will find a list of cancer related service groups. Click here to view the entire Complete Service Opportunities list.
Bruins Fighting Pediatric Cancer
Dedicated to the goal of ending childhood cancer, Bruins Fighting Pediatric Cancer raises money and awareness for research into a cure. The groups also volunteers at local hospital events and recruits Bruins to volunteer as counselors at summer camps for children with cancer. BRFightPed C teams up with national organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and Alex’s Lemonade Stand to fundraise for research.
Bruins for Ronald McDonald House Charities
Bruins for Ronald McDonald House Charities works directly with RMHC to provide help for Los Angeles families with children suffering from cancer. The UCLA organization fundraises to help keep the Ronald McDonald House open, along with making monthly visits to the house to provide entertainment for the families staying there and to keep the house tidy. Additionally, the student group participates in food and clothing drives, cancer walks, and promoting volunteers to join in making life better for these families.
Camp Kesem provides UCLA students with an opportunity to change a child’s life. Volunteering as a counselor allows Bruins to give kids whose parents have or have had cancer with a summer camp experience that gives them a chance to just be kids. The organization encourages college students to channel their passion for making a difference, while developing critical leadership skills for long term social impact.
The mission of Team HBV is to advance the goals of the Asian Liver Center at UCLA and the surrounding community. Team HBV volunteers educate the community on the danger of Hepatitis B and liver cancer by visiting schools and planning and holding fundraisers. Additionally, members learn first-hand the troubles facing those with Hepatitis B by shadowing physicians.
UCLA Colleges Against Cancer (CAC)
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is a collegiate branch of the American Cancer Society aimed to bring the fight against cancer directly to college students through 4 main pillars: Advocacy, Cancer Education, Survivorship, and Relay For Life. UCLA CAC sponsors blood drives and help recruit for Relay for Life, along with providing short information sessions about everyday habits that can contribute to your health.