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September 19, 2013

Purdue Cancer Culture and Community program to collect donations at Boiler Bridge Walk

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Cancer Culture and Community program is partnering with Purdue Athletics and the local not-for-profit Community Cancer Network to collect items for those suffering from cancer.  

The event will take place during the Boiler Bridge Walk, beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Representatives of the Cancer Culture and Community will be at the east and west ends of the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge to collect items such as toilet paper, facial tissue, shampoo, laundry soap, dish soap, non-perishable food items, gas cards and gift cards for local department and grocery stores. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

"Many people with cancer struggle to meet basic needs because of the expense and exhaustion of cancer treatment," said event organizer Susan McCreery of the Oncological Sciences Center in Purdue's Discovery Park. "This gives us all a chance to support fellow community members in their cancer journeys while also cheering on the Boilermakers before the Homecoming game."

Boiler Bridge Walk is an annual Friday night tradition before Purdue home football games. Team players will arrive around 5:40 p.m. at the Sonya L. Margerum Fountain on the West Lafayette side of the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge and then walk across to Riehle Plaza.

The Community Cancer Network's mission is to meet the non-medical needs of people with cancer in Tippecanoe and 10 surrounding counties. All services are provided by CCN at no expense to the client. Since June 2007, CCN has served more than 1,000 people.

Cancer Culture and Community, part of Purdue's Oncological Sciences Program, was founded in 2007 to explore the human response to cancer as conveyed through literature and the arts. Along with hosting an annual colloquium that brings in authors, poets, filmmakers and others, CCC partners with local citizens and community organizations on service and arts projects.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to donate items, contact McCreery at smccreer@purdue.edu.

Media Contact: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu             

Sources: Susan McCreery, 765-496-6147, smccreer@purdue.edu

Kris Swank, CCC operations manager, 765-494-4674, kswank@purdue.edu

Related websites:

Purdue University Center for Cancer Research

Discovery Park

Purdue Research Park