Student Fundraises to Support Cancer Research

News Story: May 8, 2014

Ian Cotterell, a student at Sacred Heart University, is making a difference in the lives of people suffering from cancer. Cotterell, a junior at the University from Roxbury, Mass., and a few of his friends from home created a charity organization named A Shot For Life that raises money and awareness for cancer research. All of the money that A Shot For Life receives goes directly to hospitals to aid their research efforts in making cancer a thing of the past.

“My friends and I started this charity because we wanted to raise money and awareness of this disease,” said Cotterell. “We hope that one day, cancer will be a thing of the past and that it will be because of our efforts.”

“A Shot For Life” was first created to raise money for brain cancer research when Cotterell’s friend, Mike Slonina, found out that his mother had a brain tumor. Unsure of whether this tumor was cancerous or not, the two men sprang into action and, with the help of some of their high school friends, came together and created the charity to raise money for brain cancer research. Luckily, Slonina’s mother’s tumor was not malignant, but the group decided to continue with A Shot For Life to help others.

“We wanted to continue with the idea of our charity because cancer has affected millions of people, and we want to be a major contributor in getting rid of it,” said Cotterell. “The people around us who are suffering from cancer or who are survivors are the people that motivate us to continue our cause.”

With the help of his fraternity brothers in Omega Phi Kappa, Cotterell recently held a fundraiser on campus for A Shot For Life. Partnering with Zeta Tau Alpha, a sorority on campus, the two organizations held a three-on-three basketball tournament in the William H. Pitt Center. The event raised $1,000, which will be given to Massachusetts General Hospital to aid its efforts in cancer research.

“This event was a success, and I’m so happy to have the support of my brothers and the University in this cause that is so close to home for me,” said Cotterell.

For more information about A Shot For Life, you can check out the charity’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.