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New Genetics Awareness Philanthropy Organization Formed

Posted: January 24, 2013

The Penn State Genetics Awareness Project is a newly founded philanthropic campus organization looking for new and interested members. You don't need to know a lot about genetics to join and participate.

The Genetics Awareness Project has 2 goals:

1.  To promote education and awareness to the public about genetic disorders.

 2.  To raise money throughout the community (ex: bake sales, Relay for Life, restaurant fundraising, etc.) to donate to various genetic disorder foundations, supporting research and providing medical finances to those who have genetic disorders.

A guest speaker (either a professor or credible speaker about the topic that day) will be invited to each meeting to discuss the genetic disorder we are raising awareness about for that month. We will then hold a monthly fundraising event to raise awareness in the community for that particular disorder of focus for that month and the proceeds will be donated to the foundation supporting that disorder.  Faculty adviser (Dr. David Vandenburg) will monitor our activities to ensure we raise awareness about genetic disorders in an ethical manner.

All students are welcome to attend our first meeting Tuesday, January 29 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in 165 Willard. Interested students with questions may contact Kelly Acree or Samantha Hurley.