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5cacia: The Mission

The Ohio Chapter of Acacia is proud to announce our 15th Annual 5cacia: A 5K for Testicular Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness and Support which will be held on Saturday April 15th, 2023 at 10am at West State Street Park in Athens, Ohio.


Over the last 14 years we have collectively raised over $230,000 for the Lustgarten Foundation to support Pancreatic Cancer Research in honor of Alumni Brother Justin Baldinger’s Grandmother who passed of the cancer in 2008.  This year our event will continue to support cancer awareness and research by supporting The Testicular Cancer Foundation in honor of Brother Reed Bruggeman’s Father who passed of the cancer in 2016.  We will also be supporting My Sister’s Place (a domestic violence agency serving Athens and surrounding counties) by collecting donations of items needed.   

The 5cacia continues to be Ohio University's largest Greek philanthropy.  In 2014 and 2018, 5cacia was recognized by Ohio's Sorority & Fraternity Life Office as the Greek community's most "Outstanding Philanthropic Event".

About The Testicular Cancer Foundation and My Sister's Place

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Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 34.  1 in 250 men will be diagnosed with this cancer in their lifetime and 9,560 men will be diagnosed in the United States this year.  The Testicular Cancer Foundation provides education and support to raise awareness in young men as well as supporting the families of testicular cancer patients and providing resources to medical and healthcare communities, men’s clubs and schools. 

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My Sister’s Place is a domestic violence agency in Athens, Ohio serving Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties with a 24/7 hotline, counseling, court advocacy and emergency shelter.  Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women and accounts for 15% of all violent crime annually. 

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