Kwantlen students use business sense to fight cancer

Mon, Mar 9, 2009


Kwantlen Polytechnic University business students (pictured left to right)
Linda Schuurman, Teri-Ann Bell, Angela Mackinnon and Derek Smith
are helping to fight cancer through their 'Cancer Sucks' T-shirt sales.


For immediate release

March 10, 2009

Kwantlen students use business sense to fight cancer

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Four Kwantlen Polytechnic University business students are helping to fight cancer through their company called Aware Apparel.

Students Angela Mackinnon, Linda Schuurman, Teri-Ann Bell and Derek Smith are using this project to fulfill the requirements of their Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership, which asks students to launch a business and sell a product. To date, the students have sold over 650 T-shirts.

“We decided to do something that we were all passionate about,” said Angela Mackinnon. “Everyone in our group has been touched by cancer in our lives and we are very excited to help find a cure for this horrible disease.”

The students have partnered with the B.C. Cancer Foundation to sell T-shirts that say ‘Cancer Sucks’ to raise awareness of cancer and cancer research. The Kwantlen business students plan to continue selling T-shirts until the end of March.

To show their appreciation for everyone who supported their campaign, the group has organized a ‘Cancer Sucks Finale’ event at the Langley Shark Club on March 21. For this night only, anyone who wears their 'Cancer Sucks' T-shirt will receive VIP entrance and no cover. The goal is to get the whole bar wearing 'Cancer Sucks' T-shirts.

The T-shirts are unisex and range in size XS to XXL. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the B.C. Cancer Foundation and the remainder will go to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Venture Capital Fund. This fund offers Kwantlen graduates a source of small business financing upon graduation.

Anyone interested in supporting the cause can order T-shirts from the official website:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University brings with it a tradition of providing access pathways for students with different talents and abilities, and opportunities for all who are willing to work hard to realize their goals. Key to Kwantlen’s new mandate is an enhanced capacity to integrate research and external community engagement within a learning environment that places students at the centre of all that the university does.


For information about the T-shirts and Aware Apparel, contact:
Angela Mackinnon


For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Peter Chevrier
Director, Marketing & Communications
Tel: 604-599-2286