Organization Spotlight: Colleges Against Cancer

By Laura Riley

The relay for lifemission of Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is to fight back against cancer through both awareness and fundraising efforts. All money raised by the St. Norbert Colleges Against Cancer group goes directly to the American Cancer Society. This year’s team is being led by Co-Presidents, Bryanha Rambo ’15 and Severina Scott ’14.

As a 5-year cancer survivor, Bryanha Rambo knew before she even stepped foot on this campus that she wanted to be involved with CAC. As a high school senior, she emailed the current president for more information. Three years later, she is beginning her second year as CAC Co-President.
Survivors
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of this amazing group is seeing everybody at Relay for Life. As a survivor myself, it is wonderful seeing all the survivors come together. That portion of the day is very emotional because we are all so touched by everyone’s support.” said Bryanha. “…and we broke a million dollars last year, so that’s awesome too!”

Any students who are interested in getting involved with Colleges Against Cancer should attend their meetings to find out more. The group meets on Monday nights from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Mulva Library, Room 101. Bryanha emphasized this message by saying, “You can literally just show up to our meeting or you can contact me at bryanha.rambo@snc.edu. It’s a great cause! Try it and if you don’t like it, you can leave us…but we’ll probably convince you to stay.”

Students are invited to stop by the CAC table at the Involvement Fair this coming Tuesday, September 10th from 3:15-4:30. Their first big event is the Homecoming Dance which will be taking place on Saturday, October 19th in Schuldes and will begin at 9:00 pm. All proceeds will help support breast cancer research. They hope to see you there!

cac group 2012“I have never felt more satisfaction from another extracurricular group on campus, as I have for CAC. All year long there are activities to plan that go toward fighting cancer, not only on the college campus, but also around the globe. By working with the American Cancer Society, we have the opportunity to act on such a terrible disease that each of us have experienced in one way or another.”
〜 Co-President Severina Scott ’14.

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Staying Actively Involved with Nonprofits: Taylor DeBroux ’14

289326_10152213637829119_1552142353_o“Over the past three years, I have come to learn that the intrinsic rewards you get from working for nonprofits equals, if not surpasses, the help you give others. Knowing that you are dedicating your time to helping someone else, regardless of who it is, or how you are helping, is undeniably fulfilling.”

〜 Taylor DeBroux, St. Norbert College ’14

As a senior at St. Norbert College, Taylor DeBroux has been actively involved in service for the past three years. She has progressively become more connected with service and nonprofits each year through a variety of roles. And this year is no different.

Taylor initially got involved with service as a first-year student through the Emerging Leaders Program. As a sophomore, she committed to an academic year of service with the YMCA by living in Michels Service-Learning Hall. That decision has impacted where Taylor is today.

“During the Michels Hall orientation meeting at the beginning of the school year, residents had the opportunity to hear from all of the community partners. It was at this meeting that I learned the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay was hiring a new employee. Since I was looking for a job, it was the perfect opportunity to apply. I am extremely grateful for this decision because being at the Club has broadened my cultural and professional knowledge so much that I still find the value in working there today, two years later.”

For her senior year, in addition to working at the Boys and Girls Club (BGC), Taylor is interning at Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) through her Human Services Internship class. She originally gained interest in BBBS because of how complementary it is to her work at the Boys and Girls Club. Taylor said, “BBBS allows me to gain a better understanding of the administration side of a company, whereas my position at the Boys and Girls Club deals directly with its members. I am very interested in working with the youth of Green Bay and I get to do this every day through different means and with companies that have similar goals.

By being connected to numerous nonprofits in Green Bay and by taking social work classes, Taylor has realized the importance of networking. “The supervisors who I report to at both BGC and BBBS have connections to staff at the YMCA. I have come to realize that making positive relationships with the staff I work with in every company is very beneficial from both personal and professional standpoints. ” stated Taylor.

Taylor has continually been making a difference in the Greater Green Bay community since she first stepped foot on this campus three years ago. Her dedication to the youth of Green Bay has surpassed the usual commitment to service.

“If I were to give advice to my freshman self, I would emphasize the importance of utilizing available resources and jumping into new opportunities as often as possible. I think the best way to get started in service and continue that service is to stay connected. The college offers excellent services to assist you in this. My class choices have guided my service decisions, and in turn, my service work has guided my class decisions. I see my academia and my community work as being equally important in shaping what I do today and what I will do in the future.

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By Laura Riley