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Service learning program, Residence Life raise cancer funds for county

Alfred University’s Gary Horowitz Service Learning Program and the Office of Residence Life teamed up to help raise over $300 for Allegany County Cancer Services, Inc. (ACCS) by hosting a 5K Community Walk and Run in September.

Founder and Board President of ACCS, Lori Ballengee, said, "We are so grateful to organizations and businesses like Alfred University for their generosity and support. We can’t do what we do without them."

ACCS helps with many aspects of cancer treatment, including helping patients travel to and from their appointments, assisting with co-pays, special dietary needs, and medical equipment or supplies necessary for proper treatment, according to Ballengee.

Coinciding with the Walk and Run was the inaugural "Saxon’s Fall into Service" day, in which 34, first-year students and Office of Residence Life staff took part in four separate service projects.

"I think those who participated had a great time and could really tell that they made a difference that day. It was a wonderful representation of this larger than normal new group of students," said Brenda Porter, director of Residence Life at AU.

The projects included yard work with the Alfred Box of Books and St. Jude’s Church, washing fire trucks and painting fire hydrants with the A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder, and helping with the 5K Run/Walk.