Teaming up for a good cause.
Brown’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has teamed up with the Brown University Oncology Research Group (BrUOG) to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. But the student athletes wanted to do more, so BrUOG facilitated visits with patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
“It was fun to go into patients’ rooms with a bear, have a light conversation, joke around a bit, and give the kids a break from hospital business,” says Sarah Lucenti ’17, president of SAAC and a member of the women’s volleyball team. In January, the men’s hockey team made a similar visit to Hasbro patients and a third team will go this spring.
Formed in 1994, BrUOG helps the Warren Alpert Medical School faculty organize grassroots clinical trials for novel cancer therapies at member Rhode Island and Massachusetts hospitals. The partnership with SAAC, which has a community service mission, helps raise funds to support BrUOG studies and increase visibility in the community.