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How are you spending this weekend? If your answer to that question is dancing without stopping for two straight days, there’s a good chance you’re a Penn State student participating in the giant annual dance marathon — a.k.a, THON — to raise awareness of and funding for treatment of children’s cancer. And if you’re planning to spend the weekend resting after a grueling relay run across Central Pennsylvania, you’re likely a PSU alum or another member of the Nittany Lions community supporting the same cause as the THON dancers through Hope Express. From 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, until
January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, last year this terrible disease caused more than 4,000 deaths in the U.S., and nearly 13,000 new cases emerged. Fortunately, the institutions of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium invest time, energy and resources into fighting this avoidable and treatable malady in this country and around the world. Here’s a look at some of the important work happening at Big Ten universities. Wisconsin Because of advanced detection and surgical techniques, cervical cancer is often treatable in the U.S. But developing countries like Bangladesh, it’s commonly among the
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the pink ribbons (and shirts, and stickers) are out in force. And the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC) is commemorating the month by highlighting innovative and important work the universities of the conference are doing year-round to fight this terrible disease. Read about some of that work below: University of Illinois Until now, the study of cancerous tumor cells is hindered by an important factor: environment. The most common tool for studying the growth and spread of a tumor has been a plastic plate that doesn’t mimic the human body. But recently, the
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. When Connor Cosgrove was diagnosed with leukemia two weeks into his career as a wide receiver at the University of Minnesota, he had to call an audible on his life’s goals. Now, the former student-athlete is making sure other people undergoing cancer treatment have a bit more comfort in their lives as they go through chemotherapy. Cosgrove is the co-founder of ComfPort,