SOOTW: Colleges Against Cancer

What is the name of your organization? Do you go by any nicknames or abbreviations?

Colleges Against Cancer, or CAC


What is the purpose/mission of your organization?

We work with the American Cancer Society to try to fight the horrible tragedy that is cancer.

What days/times does your organization typically meet? 

We meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 in the Michigan Room at the IMU.

Why did you personally get involved with this organization? What makes you passionate about this organization?

“My grandpa passed away from colon cancer in 2013. He was the glue for my family, and he is greatly missed. I want to help other families in their journey fighting cancer or seeing loved ones pass away because of cancer.”

— Ashley Buksa, Co-President

“I relay because I want to give families the opportunity to maximize their time with their loved ones. No one should be cut short of time they spend with their: mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, pastors…etc., especially because of something as silly as cancer. A few years ago, my little cousin Adrian was born. Unfortunately, at birth, he was diagnosed with leukemia. The moment of his diagnosis my whole family’s world came crashing down. “This little baby hasn’t even been in this world for five minutes and his life is already being cut short,” I thought to myself. “why him, why us? Where did we go wrong? Is there something we could have done different in order to prevent this?” so many questions ran through my head. To all of the families that have a family member or a friend that is fighting a battle against cancer I want to say to you, “Don’t give up hope. Cancer doesn’t mean ‘the end.’” My family supported Adrian every step of the way. We took him to treatments, we loved him, and never we never gave up hope. After two years of treatment, Adrian can proudly say, he is cancer free. I relay because victories against cancer ARE possible. I relay because I have hope that one day there will be a cure for cancer and no one will ever hear the doctor say, “You have cancer.””

— Lizette

“I joined Colleges Against Cancer, because cancer affects everyone is some way. Whether it be a neighbor, classmate, or family member, there are multiple times when I have been shocked by the diagnosis of someone in my life. At age 7, my grandpa died of cancer. At age 11, my best friend’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. At age 14, I babysat a young girl in preschool who was battling leukemia. At age 17, my friend on the swim team learned that she had thyroid cancer. At age 19, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. There are many more diagnoses that I have not listed, because the list could be endless. I wanted to assist in the planning and fundraising of Relay for Life so that the American Cancer Society can continue to research, advocate, and provide support for those with cancer and who will go through the battle in the future.”

— Meredith Lumberg, Co-President


What social media does your organization utilize?

Instagram: @cac.uiowa


If a student is interested in joining this organization, how should they go about it/who should they contact?

Contact Co-Presidents Ashley Buksa at or Meredith Lumberg at for more information.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

We are really passionate about fighting cancer. We volunteer at the Hope Lodge in Iowa City with the cancer patients and their families, we hold regular fundraisers every month, and we have an awesome Relay!


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