Pittsburgh Attacks Cancer Together (PACT) was started by Ryan Gilbert and Brad Smertz during their freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh in an effort to support the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Shadyside.
What began as a handful of dedicated individuals with a mission to create a more grassroots effort for cancer research has grown into a 80-person organization. While our focus is raising money, we also engage in community service and advocacy events for the cancer community.
Our Fundraising Events:
Color Out Cancer
For the past five years, our primary fundraising event has been our Color Out Cancer 5k/Color Run. At our first annual Color Out Cancer 5k/Color Run held in April 2016, we had 100 attendees and raised $5,000. Our second race had over 250 attendees and raised an incredible $25,000, and this past year we raised $15,000 in our fourth annual race.
While we are more than excited about this incredible growth, we know that our group has even more potential. We have decided to set the bar high with a goal of raising $25,000 at our 5th annual race which will be held on April 5, 2020.
EngagePitt Crowdfunding Campaign
This year, we have decided to supplement our Color Out Cancer event with this crowdfunding campaign! We hope that this campaign will allow a wider audience the opportunity to support PACT's cause and join us in our goal of funding innovative and cutting edge cancer research!
All donations to this EngagePitt campaign will directly support the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and its partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Your contribution to this campaign will directly support our fund of choice, the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Director's Discovery Fund. Your gift is tax-deductible, and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center will receive 100% of your donation. Your generous contribution will be fortified by world-class oncologists, leading researchers, and the most advanced technology – all of the elements needed to bring us closer to better understanding how to diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer.
Why Should You Support PACT's Mission?
We believe the Hillman Cancer Center’s innovative work in the field of cancer research has the potential to save countless lives. Our organization’s mission is so important to the Pitt community because of the strong relationship that the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The research being conducted will allow for groundbreaking discoveries to be made and will bring hope to people who are in the fight of their lives against cancer.
By supporting the important work of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, you are allowing our clinicians and scientists to undertake innovative projects with potential to drastically re-shape the medical landscape. We at PACT believe that every bit of effort moves us towards our goal but not without hard work, the generosity of people like yourself, and belief in the possibility of a cancer-free world.