SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Union Catholic's Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) was recently recognized for all their great work this past school year by being featured in the Chapter Spotlight in the first-ever National SMAC newsletter.
 
Under the direction of moderator Mr. Mike Conte, UC's SMAC chapter undertook a wide array of activities in the fight against cancer, even in the face of COVID-19 shutdowns. UC set an incredible example for the entire SMAC community.
 
SMAC focuses on cancer education and prevention while running fundraisers and events to support local, national, and global organizations.  

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Here are the UC SMAC activities that were highlighted in the National newsletter:

  • Writing cards and letters to children fighting cancer to cheer them up during the pandemic
  • Purchasing items for 25 chemo care bags to help bring comfort to people going through chemotherapy treatments
  • Collecting pasta and cereal for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation's food pantry and soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House
  • Distributing 100 Build-A-Bears to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Newark Beth Israel Children's Hospital, and the Valerie Fund

Mr. Conte, the SMAC moderator since 2013, is extremely proud of his club, which has over 125 members. 
 
"It feels amazing to have the hard work and dedication of our club and Executive Board highlighted by the National SMAC organization,'' said Mr. Conte. "Our passion for helping others and educating our community has sparked so many awesome ideas, and I am very proud to be recognized as a standout example of what a SMAC chapter can be.''