A team of student organizations will light up Elliot Tower for breast cancer education in Beaumont

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Two OUWB student organizations recently partnered to organize a fundraiser for Beaumont Sharing & Caring Breast Cancer Education and Support.

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and the Oncology Interest Group (OIG) teamed up for the fundraiser, called “Light the Path for Loved Ones”, where people could donate $5 so that a loved one who died of cancer be honored on a personalized luminaria.

On April 21, the two groups decorated the area around Elliot Tower in the center of the Oakland University campus with the luminarias.

This is the first time this event has taken place.

“Previously we have done other fundraisers for Beaumont Sharing & Caring like (restaurant) fundraisers,” said AMWA President Emily Babcock, M1. “But this year we wanted to build on our previous fundraiser for Valentine’s Day Grams where people could buy something in honor of someone else or to shout out to someone. other, and turn it into a COVID friendly gathering style. ”

There were 80 fixtures that were purchased and installed for the event. They each had either a name written on the front or a message dedicated to cancer victims.

Event attendees prepare luminaries on April 21, 2022.

The group filled the bags with rocks to make them stand up. The light fixtures were lined up in several rows and lit by battery-operated candles after sunset.

The total amount raised exceeded the goal of $500. Babcock said the group really wanted to find a way to hold an event outdoors and not have a virtual event.

OIG President Amanda Mazzoli, M2, said partnering with AMWA for this event was a no-brainer.

“One of our goals this year was to team up on events with as many organizations as possible,” Mazzoli said. “When AMWA reached out to us to partner with this event, it made sense. We could continue to focus on our goal of raising awareness, educating and fundraising for cancer research and all initiatives against cancer.”

Babcock said she hopes to make it an annual event.

“There’s a lot of potential to improve it for next year…it would be amazing if we could continue to help this very worthy cause year after year,” she said.


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