As the beginning of the fall semester brings in a new season of passion groups with SALT, a group of students came together to begin to fight against childhood cancer. Each individual in the group has been affected by pediatric cancer in some way and has an intense passion for the cause. Through the remainder of the semester, the group will spend its time and energy focusing on fundraising for and raising awareness about a local charity called N.I.C.K. or Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids. This organization puts its efforts into connecting local families enduring the same emotional struggle of childhood cancer, providing financial support when necessary, assisting with home cleaning and transportation for families, and organizing fun events for families to attend. As the second-leading cause of death in children, childhood cancer can affect upwards of 10,000 children in the U.S. in one year. While survival rates have been increasing, the fight isn’t over yet. On Sunday, November 15th, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. in the Brown and Gold room, 264, the Childhood Cancer passion group will be hosting a “Cornhole for Cancer” event to fundraise for N.I.C.K. while spreading awareness of the organization and the disease. Admission tickets will be $2 and the event is open to all students, alumni, faculty, and community members. We look forward to this event as a chance for the Valparaiso community to learn more about childhood cancer and those affected locally.

-Kelsey Morgan

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