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SOCS donate $20,000 to cancer researchers

Published: November 25, 2011
Alumni Advancement director Karen McQuigge, former SOCS president Paul Jones and current president Daniel Picone with a cheque for $20,000, made out to the McMaster University Bone Marrow/Leukemia Research Fund
Alumni Advancement director Karen McQuigge, former SOCS president Paul Jones and current president Daniel Picone with a cheque for $20,000, made out to the McMaster University Bone Marrow/Leukemia Research Fund.
— Photo by JD Howell.

The Society of Off-Campus Students have given bone marrow and leukemia researchers at McMaster a boost with a special donation.

The student organization recently presented the McMaster University Bone Marrow/Leukemia Research Fund with a cheque for $20,000 during its 30th anniversary reunion, held at the Phoenix.

The money is the result of nearly a decade of fundraising following the death of SOCS member James Kuss in 2001 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoblastic lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, just days before Welcome Week. Since that time, the James Kuss Memorial Fund has been the primary recipient of SOCS fundraising.

"He was one of the most fun-loving, energetic, engaging guys," said Peter Topalovic, former SOCS president. Topalovic was the driving force behind starting the memorial fund.

"Over the years, contributing to the fund just became part of our club's culture," said current president Daniel Picone. "We're hoping that these funds not only help raise awareness about non-Hodgkin's lymphoblastic lymphoma, but help researchers get closer to finding a cure."

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoblastic lymphoma accounts for approximately 35 per cent of lymphomas in children, and is most common in Caucasian boys.

The Bone Marrow/Leukemia Research Fund, administered by Irwin Walker and Brian Leber in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is used for start-up research, staff education and patient care.

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