Scrapbooking Cancer’s Emotional Effects

Class project raises awareness and money for cancer research

Medical Assistant students at Globe University-Madison East committed themselves to learn the emotional elements of cancer-patient care during a service-learning project with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Medical Assistant Program Chair, Elisha Terre, and her students created a scrapbook that depicted the various emotional stages of dealing with cancer. Students interviewed cancer survivors, current cancer patients and caregivers. They shared the stories and photos in a scrapbook that the campus displayed during a fundraising event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

The project helped student Alex Champagne and his classmates learn the faces behind the disease. “Cancer patients are real people with true challenges,” Champagne said. “They are not just some statistic.”

Knowing the emotional effects of cancer will aid these students throughout their careers as they help patients with various conditions.

The fundraising event at Globe-Madison East, which complemented the service-learning project, raised more than $8,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Participants collected donations and in return shaved their heads to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

“As a first time event, Globe University, is a prime example of how every new supporter and dollar raised brings us closer to finding cures and better treatments for kid’s cancers,” said Mariela Castillo, St. Baldrick’s director of special events.

The campus plans to host the event again next year and hopes to expand it into a community-wide effort.