Recently at Cancer for College…

Sunday, June 1, marked National Cancer Survivors Day, a day created to celebrate all cancer survivors and to inspire those newly diagnosed. With more than 14 million cancer survivors in the U.S. alone, there is cause for celebration. Sunday’s Los Angeles Times featured an article by Karen Kaplan on survivors, citing figures from a recent study by the American Cancer Society. Please click here to read the article in its entirety. Following are some highlights:

  • A cancer survivor is anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and is still alive — meaning a person becomes a cancer survivor the moment they are diagnosed.
  • There are 14.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S.
  • In 2014, 64% of cancer survivors have lived at least five years since their diagnosis, and 15% of those have lived at least 20 years since diagnosis. 46% of those will see their 70th birthday.

Cancer for College has had a full season celebrating survivors in our own way. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Scholarship Application Review Nearly Complete

We received and processed 501 scholarship applications this year! Our dedicated committee members have spent the past few months reviewing and scoring applicant packages, and we are very close to announcing the recipients for the coming school year.

It is a continual source of inspiration to read the stories of young men and women who have faced so much in their young lives, yet come through with resiliency and enthusiasm. Read a post here about our scholarship review process.

Carolina Scholarships Awarded

May 16 marked our 4th annual Casino Night in the Carolinas event, and this year we were thrilled to award $46,000 in scholarship money to 15 college-bound cancer survivors. This event has proven so well supported by the Charlotte that this year we awarded the region’s first perpetual scholarship. Jacklyn Baillot, a rising freshman at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, will receive $4,000 per year for four years. She is an osteosarcoma survivor and plans to study biology.

Click here to see the full list of Carolina scholarship recipients, and join everyone at Cancer for College as we send all recipients best wishes for a great summer and fantastic school year to come.

Event chair Scott Sproule and recipient Kenna Holtzclaw NBC Charlotte.

Will Ferrell vs. Chad Smith Drum Off on The Tonight Show

You just have to see it:


The idea of a drum off was sparked innocently, and ended up garnering much attention for our charity and raising $150,000 for both Cancer for College and Chad Smith’s cause, Little Kids Rock.

We think you all rock!