The local group Colleges Against Cancer is fighting to keep the battle against cancer alive and support those braving with the illness.
Consisting of cancer patients, survivors and volunteers, the group spent Friday on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, asking passers-by at Union South to sign words of encouragement onto the letter "o" in a "Wall of Hope." Organizers said that they want to send a message to members of the Congressional Deficit Reduction Supercomittee to avoid cutting cancer research funds as the committee looks to trim at least $1.5 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years.
"Everybody is touched by cancer, and this really speaks to that, And you ask pretty much anybody, 'Would you like to write a note of encouragement?' People say, 'yes, because everybody cares,'" said Jenna Hietpas, a group member.
People at UW-Madison signed the letter "o," while other events statewide made the rest of the letters in the word "hope."