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BCC’s Conquer Cancer Club Taking Action Against The Deadly Disease

February 26, 2013 by admin


Felipe Cabrera
     Cancer is a disease that has devastated the lives of many. Both the victims and their families are affected by this terrible disease. At the forefront in the battle against cancer at Brookdale Community College is the Conquer Cancer Club.
     After being co-founded a year-and-a-half ago by Jonathan Moschberger, a professor at BCC, and Brookdale alumni Matt Riccardi, the Conquer Cancer Club received the Gold Star Best in Club in 2012.
     The Conquer Cancer Club has two clear initiatives in mind: create fundraisers and donate proceeds to non-profit organizations and charities that share a common goal in the fight against cancer, as well as raise awareness of the current threat cancer poses today. They’ve raised money for the Ocean of Love charity in Toms River, and their most crowning achievement was raising $2,500 for Monmouth Medical, and hiring a professional Santa to visit children in the cancer ward this past September.
     “It just feels great to help people in need,” said Vice President Michael Duffy, a 20-year-old political science major from Helmetta. “If people give one meeting a chance, they’ll stay,” he said. Duffy has also served for the Coast Guard and is currently a volunteer fire fighter.  
    Conquer Cancer Club currently has only 11 core members, but this small group has big ambitions. On March 5, students will be able to participate in a Video Game Tournament with the latest Call Of Duty as the headline game. Entry fee is $5 and the proceeds will be going to an undetermined charity as of yet.. The CCC (Conquer Cancer Club) in cooperation with Brookdale is also planning a 5K walk-a-thon called the Miracle Mile for some time during this semester.
     “I want to compass excitement,” Matt Riccardi, the co-founder and president, said.
     “I want to take everything we throw into it and promote education, awareness, and community. You can ask anyone in this room, and 90 percent of them will have been affected by cancer. We want people to come here and feel like they’re with people who understand what they’re going through,” said Riccardi.
     Conquer Cancer Club meets every Tuesday at 11:45pm in Room MAN 103.
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