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Homemade Cards by Lehman Student Battle Cancer in the Bronx

November 19, 2010

Lehman College student Brion Moss (far right) delivers the the funds he raised to St. Barnabas's Hospital executives (from left) Arlene Allende, Tom Murray and Grace Facciabene.

Lehman graduate student Brion Moss knew he had to do something. As a charter member of the President's Service Corps at the College, the 24-year-old—who is studying for his master's in nutrition—is required to create a project that exemplifies his commitment to public service. "Giving back to the people, that's our goal," he says.

In truth, it didn't take him long to come up with a plan or a cause. Like millions of people around the world, his family has been touched by the plight of breast cancer—both his grandmother and aunt died of the disease. "I wanted to raise money for the Cancer Center at St. Barnabas Hospital here in the Bronx," he says.

With that in mind, Moss drew nature scenes with pencil and charcoal before converting the images into digital files and printing them out on high-quality paper, creating 400 greeting cards for any occasion. He then set up a table at various locales around campus and sold the cards—a single one for $2 or three for $5—to his fellow students and others in the Lehman community.

On the first day, he made $224 for his cause. By the time he was done two weeks later, Moss had raised $591.86 and sold all but 20 of the cards. Then on Friday, Nov. 12, he personally went over to St. Barnabas and hand-delivered a money order where it can be put to very good use—buying wigs for those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy and also holiday gifts for cancer patients.

"It was honorable and humbling at the same time," he says. "It's rewarding to know that the money is going to be used specifically for the patients."