November 22, 2013
New fundraiser to bring awareness to metastatic cancerMetastatic cancer is an underfunded form of cancer that is responsible for 90 percent of cancer mortalities, according to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
Party4Life, a fundraiser new to the Susquehanna community, hopes to bring awareness and raise money for the Lucy Fund, a partner of the National Foundation for Cancer Research dedicated to metastatic cancer.
The event, open to campus and community members, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the James W. Garrett Sports Complex Field House.
"Party4Life started because one of my good friend's mom, his name is Nick Stanovick and her name was Lucy Stanovick, was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer," said junior Samantha Phillips, the student responsible for bringing Party4Life to campus for the first time.
Metastatic cancer is a common form of cancer that is rarely talked about and often receives less funding than is necessary.
"Metastatic is the spread of cancer from the original site to something like a vital organ. If you're diagnosed with breast cancer, that's not going to kill you. What kills you is when it spreads to something else," Phillips said.
Party4Life began as a local fundraiser in Stroudsburg organized by Lucy Stanovick after she researched her own cancer and learned how underfunded metastatic cancer was.
Members of the community could join the event with a donation fee that went directly to the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Visitors could enjoy games, a buffet and speakers at the event.
"I was inspired by the whole story of Lucy and the idea that she wanted to help others more than her own self. I asked Nick if I could host it at Susquehanna, so this will actually be the first college-based Party4Life," Phillips said.
Sophomore Emma Waite, a Party4Life planning committee member, is taking part in helping organize the event through Alpha Phi Omega, which is hosting the fundraiser along with Zeta Tau Alpha.
"There are going to be carnival games, and different fraternities and sororities are making baskets to be raffled off," Waite said.
"I personally am really happy to see that we're doing something with metastatic cancer, just because metastatic cancer doesn't get a lot of research funding. I'm glad to see we're doing something other than what's really popular," Waite added.
"I do a lot with cancer research, just because of my history. I had cancer when I was little," Waite said. "I like to get involved with fundraisers and projects and things that have to do with cancer research, especially ones that are for types of cancers that don't get as much funding."
Phillips said: "I think I am most looking forward to the integration of campus and community for a really good cause. I think it'll be neat because I'll be able to experience the differences from the ones I attended in the past at home and this one on campus for the first time."
Both Nick Stanovick and his father, John Stanovick, will be the guest speakers, along with various other performers.
Tickets for the event are $5 if students or community members preregister online, or $10 at the door.
Preregistration is available at nfcr.org/Party4LifeSU. Students are also encouraged to visit the Lucy Fund's Facebook page at facebook.com/lucyfund.
Sponsors for the event include: Applebee's, Aramark, Dawn's Lunchenette, Denny's, Dominos, Dunkin' Donuts, Giant, Papa John's, Red Robin, Starbucks, Walmart and Weis.