College of Health Sciences

Genetic Counseling Student Life

Community Service

Applicants to the program typically have a wealth of volunteer experience, and that momentum continues here as students support area organizations that raise awareness and money to treat and cure genetic diseases. 

Annual Events

The Benefit Bowl-a-Thon for the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

Every spring since 2005, Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling Program has sponsored an annual Benefit Bowl-a-Thon to support the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund.  Initiated by Lindsey Close Campbell '05M, the Bowl-a-Thon has raised well over $10,000.  Each year scores of students, faculty, clinical advisors, alumni, family and friends gather to bowl, to bid on raffle baskets, and to bring support and attention to the cause. 

The fund was established in 1976 in memory of Kelly Anne Dolan, who died of leukemia at age six.  Her mother, Peggy Dolan, is the founding executive director of the fund and also a member of our Advisory Committee and a regular guest lecturer in our classes.  The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund maintains a resource center providing education, advocacy, information and financial assistance for families caring for seriously ill and physically challenged children.  In its 40+ years of service, the Fund has helped more than 27,000 families in need cover everyday expenses and uninsured items such as utility bills, parking fees at hospitals, child care, handicap equipment, wheelchair adaptations and more.

Genetic Counseling students at the 2016 Benefit Bowl-a-Thon.

Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Philadelphia Union

In October, students, faculty and friends attend the Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Philadelphia Union, our professional soccer team.  The event supports FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Genetic Counseling students at Breast Cancer Awareness Nights at the Philadelphia Union


In the fall, students and faculty volunteer at Philadelphia’s annual rideAtaxia, a bicycle race to benefit the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the pursuit of scientific research leading to treatments and a cure for Friedreich’s ataxia. The national spokesperson of FARA, Kyle Bryant, is a regular speaker in our program, and the executive director, Jennifer Farmer, is a 1997 graduate.  Since 2007, rideAtaxia has raised awareness and millions of dollars for FA research.

Genetic counseling students through the years at rideAtaxia Philly.