Never Letting Cancer Cloud the Joy of Being a Kid

Bruins Fighting Pediatric Cancer


Bruins Fighting Pediatric Cancer (BFPC) was founded by Catherine Pourdavoud in 2009 with the vision to unite UCLA undergraduates in the effort to “never let cancer cloud the joy of being a kid”. Catherine and her team successfully established the club, and successors actively work each year to expand and branch out to other organizations with the same mission.

BFPC takes part in the search for a cure for childhood cancer. We pursue our mission in three ways: by raising awareness and educating others about pediatric cancer, by volunteering at pediatric oncology clinics, camps, and events, and by fundraising to support pediatric cancer research at events, like our annual Cranes for Cancer event. To date, BFPC has raised over $17,000 for pediatric cancer research!​

Since our founding, we have branched out beyond the UCLA community to collaborate with other organizations sharing the same vision. These organizations include: The Ronald McDonald House Charities (Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and the Ronald McDonald Houses of Los Angeles), UCLA Medical Center, Camp Okizu, Max’s Love Project, NEGU Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and many more.​

We hope to inspire a strong community of members to brighten the lives of children, helping them to not let cancer cloud the joy of being a kid!

 Commitment:

Members must attend weekly meetings (unless they provide a valid reason — class conflict, midterm conflict, etc). For Winter 2018, meetings will be held Thursdays from 8:00pm-9:00pm in Kinsey 1240B!

 Ways to Get Involved:

BFPC has year-round volunteer opportunities for members to get involved in (even during the summer!). From weekly visits to the Mattel Children’s Hospital to monthly visits to Los Angeles’ Ronald McDonald House (RMH), even Camp Counseling in the summer months, there’s a ton of ways to get involved and make a difference.

Members of Bruins Fighting Pediatric Cancer (BFPC) can take part in all our events and volunteering programs. Active members in good standing have the opportunity to apply to our hospital volunteering program.

 Leadership Opportunities:

BFPC is split into different committees: Education and Awareness, Finance and Fundraising, RMH, and Publicity and Design. There are many opportunities to display leadership by heading projects within corresponding committees (fundraisers, planning RMH themes, designing t-shirts and flyers, etc.)

BFPC has a mentorship program where experienced members (requirement of at least 1 year) are paired with 1-2 newer members to better integrate them into the club and encourage participation in club activities.

Within our hospital volunteering program, experienced volunteers (requirement of at least 2 quarters) can be promoted to a position as a shift leader. Shift leaders are responsible for keeping track of supplies, delegating tasks to other volunteers, and making sure that patients’ needs are being met during their clinic stay.

Applications for all officer positions will become available during Spring Quarter, with interviews and decisions being released towards the end of spring quarter.

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