A group of Duke University students gave tours of the new Duke Cancer Center to patients and families, community members, faculty, and staff during the grand opening celebrations February 20-22. These students are part of Blue Devils vs. Cancer, a new group of student ambassadors for the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI).
The group was founded by Allison Vernerey, center for the Duke University women's basketball team. Vernerey, a junior economics major from France, was first introduced to the DCI in 2011 when she served as a summer intern for the DCI's Development Office.
A few weeks before the Cancer Center's grand opening, Blue Devils vs. Cancer hosted its first major fundraiser: a dessert tasting for students and community members that raised more than $6,000 for the Duke Cancer Fund.
As Joe Lichtenberger turned 39, he was already thinking about his next birthday. He would hit the "Big 4-0" in November 2011, and he didn't want to celebrate by "sitting around and having a few beers."
He wanted to do something big, something that would make an impact. He decided to use his personal milestone as an opportunity to raise money for a worthwhile organization. He decided the money he raised would go toward cancer research at the Duke Cancer Institute.
In honor of his 40th birthday, Lichtenberger set an ambitious goal of raise $40,000. He held dinners, concerts and other events and through the generosity of family, friends, and colleagues, Lichtenberger not only met his $40,000 goal--he surpassed it by several hundred dollars.