Cancer Research Advisory Group

The mission of the Cancer Research Advisory Group (CRAG) is to facilitate discussions among cancer survivors, cancer researchers, and clinicians treating cancer that will lead to better outcomes for all three groups. Survivor/advocate and clinician feedback can inform research, which in turn will produce new clinical trials, where more feedback from patients and clinicians can be produced to generate another iteration of the process. Please contact Drs. Erik Nelson or Zeynep Madak-Erdogan for more information about CRAG.

On-Campus Student Organizations

Colleges Against Cancer at the University of Illinois

Colleges Against Cancer is a national collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to fighting cancer, volunteering for the American Cancer Society, and improving college communities by installing and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society. You can also find the latest information about Colleges Against Cancer at the University of Illinois on Facebook.

Graduate Cancer Community @ Illinois (gCC@I)

The gCC@I is an organization of graduate and postdoctoral researchers on the University of Illinois campus. The group works to bridge the areas of social science, basic science, engineering, and medicine as they relate to cancer. Furthermore, the group engages a patient community through use of the nascent social and support efforts of the Mills Breast Cancer Institute, Carle Hospital, and regional clinical collaborators. The gCC@I seeks to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding that transcends established departmental affiliations to foster an increased understanding of the social and environmental factors affecting patients, as well as the unique vantage.

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The Illini 4000 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting the American cancer experience through The Portraits Project, raising funds for cancer research and patient support services, and spreading awareness for the fight against cancer through annual cross-country bike rides.

Phi Gamma Nu (Beta Pi)

Phi Gamphi-gamma-nu-logoma Nu is a Professional Business Fraternity focused on preparing our members for the professional world after college. We pride ourselves on having a diverse membership as we accept all majors, only requiring an interest in business to apply. We stand on our three pillars of professionalism, philanthropy, and social culture to foster excellence and dedication in our members. Because cancer has affected the lives of many Phi Gamma Nu members, raising funds for cancer research has become a major initiative for Phi Gamma Nu.

Community Organizations

American Cancer Society

The Aacs-logomerican Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical Divisions and ensure we have a presence in every community.

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The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow, and have raised more than $87 million to help the American Cancer Society’s mission.

Mills Breast Cancer InstituteMills Breast Cancer Institute

The Mills Breast Cancer Institute support groups provide patients with cancer, survivors, and caregivers with a group setting to help address the emotional aspects of cancer and its treatment.

Susan G. Komen for the CureSusan G. Komen for the Cure

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body, and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since its inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors, and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Young Survivor's CoalitionYoung Survival Coalition

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women with breast cancer. The YSC offers resources, connections, and outreach so young women feel supported, empowered, and hopeful. With an interactive website, active online community, and nearly 30 affiliates nationwide, the YSC aims to ensure that no young woman faces breast cancer alone.

The Young Survivors of Champaign-Urbana affiliate meets monthly and organizes events and programs for young women affected by breast cancer in East Central Illinois. The affiliate was formed in March 2009 by young survivors and their partners living in Champaign County.

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Danny’s Fund was created in honor of Danny Nardi. Danny passed away on March 7, 2013, after fighting Stage IV, high risk Neuroblastoma for almost five years. Danny’s Fund promotes awareness through sharing Danny’s story to raise much needed funds for pediatric cancer research.