Late January Updates!
There are officially less than 100 days until the UC Berkeley Relay for Life (April 22nd
- 23rd)! That means, if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to join a team or start your
own and kick your fundraising into gear! It doesn’t take long to do any of this, just check
out our Relay for Life page for more information. If you have questions, please feel free
to contact us or come to one of our meetings, announced on our Facebook page. We are pleased to announce that we already have 41 participants and 15 signed up
to be a part of Relay! Thank you to everyone who has dedicated themselves so far!
Also, thank you to everyone who supported our events and initiatives last semester;
we have lots more planned in the lead-up to Relay.
Cancer of the Month
January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The good news is, if treated
early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers. Cervical cancer
develops in women in the lining of the cervix in the lower part of the uterus. In order to
prevent pre-cancerous cells from turning into cancerous ones, Pap tests and HPV tests
can screen for these pre-cancerous cells and allow for treatment if found. The main risk
factor for developing cervical cancer is contracting HPV, or human papilloma virus, which
can be prevented by testing, vaccinations, and protected sex. Not smoking is another major
way of avoiding cervical cancer. For women, regular Pap and HPV tests after a certain age
are an important way to prevent the development of cervical cancer. If caught early, cervical
cancer is highly treatable!
We are currently recruiting members for our club on campus! If you’re interested in being part of
all the amazing things we do, including planning and putting on Relay, then please join us at one
of our General Meetings! Our first official General Meeting won’t be until the 2nd week of February,
but in the meantime you can check out our Facebook to stay updated.
We are pleased to announce our first seminar with
a member of our very own Berkeley faculty! Professor
Fyodor Urnov works in the Department of Molecular
and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley where he has taught
genetics, biochemistry, and general biology. Before
coming to Cal, Urnov taught genetics at Brown
University, where he won a Presidential Award for
Excellence in Teaching. His current research focuses
on genome editing using zinc finger as treatment for
sickle cell disease as well as using zinc finger protein
repressors as treatment for Huntington’s disease.
During our mini lecture, he will be discussing the BRCA 1
and 2 genes which are closely linked to ovarian and breast
cancer. The event will take place on Monday, February 1st
from 7:00 - 8:00 PM in 102 Wurster. Please join us if you
can for an interesting lecture, a chance to learn about cutting
edge research, and an opportunity to learn more about CAC.
On February 10th we will be hosting another all day event on Sproul, called Relay for Love! We’ll be going all out with
cheesey love music, pick-up lines, and a unique Valentine’s Day fundraiser! Please stop by to say “hi” and find out more
about the club.
Thank you to everyone who has done such an amazing job of fundraising so far! We have raised $2,490!
Now that we are getting closer to Relay, we encourage you to really start buckling down on fundraising! If you are already
signed up for Relay, your Relay Dashboard has great fundraising resources. You start by using the email features and
sending emails to everyone you know, telling them about Relay, why you’re passionate about Relay, and how they can help
and support your cause. The Dashboard has various ways to track your fundraising progress, which you can share with
others and potentially boost your fundraising! The Dashboard also has a link to great fundraising ideas.