BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A new club called Student Movement Against Cancer, or SMAC for short, is coming to Governor Livingston High School. SMAC is a national organization, with school clubs all around the country. Their mission statement is “to empower students across America to be the next generation of cancer fighters.”
The club at GL will hold fundraisers for various organizations that help people struggling against cancer. Jeannette Gates, a child study team member at GL and advisor of the club, is introducing the organization to the Berkeley Heights community. The student leaders of the club are juniors Brianna Cagan and Sophie Rittenhouse.
Gates was a member of SMAC when she was in high school, and has participated in other fundraising events for cancer research, such as St. Baldricks and The American Cancer Society charity run. She said, “I really wanted to bring a program to the school that raises awareness and helps fight cancer.”
The club’s first goal will be to raise enough money to send a child with cancer to Camp Quality, a week long summer camp for children with cancer. The camp has all of the medical services the campers need, so that they can relax, have fun, and bond with other children who are going through the same experiences as them. SMAC also plans to organize a Relay For Life team for the June event in New Providence.
“Next year our goal is to get a little more involved in the school and in the community with fundraising and volunteering,” Gates said. Gates and the student leaders are planning a kick-off event for the spring as well as other programs.
Gates said, “We are very excited to see SMAC grow within our community. Cancer may have started the fight, but we want to finish it!”