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    Dorms to collect ink cartridges to aid in cancer research
    ink cartridges usually mean little more than a trip to the office
    supply store. Starting next week, the cartridges will be sought after
    in residence halls across the Syracuse University campus.Each
    dormitory’s front desk will have a box in which students can recycle
    their used printer cartridges. By recycling empty ink cartridges,
    students are helping cancer research and the environment.The program
    will be accessible in all dorms, and a plan is being derived to bring
    it to South Campus, as well as offices and departments throughout the

    The program is already available in Sky Halls on South Campus.
    Kahn, a sophomore policy studies major, has worked with the Student
    Association and the Office of Residence Life to implement “Cartridges
    for a Cure” throughout campus.The program encourages recycling and
    raises money to promote both environmental causes and research to cure
    cancer among children.Helene’s brother, Eli Kahn, a 16-year-old cancer
    survivor, started “Cartridges for a Cure” because he wanted to give
    back to the hospital that helped save his life – Johns Hopkins Hospital
    in Baltimore, Md.At two years old, Kahn was diagnosed with acute
    lymphocytic leukemia, which is cancer of the blood and bone marrow. He
    spent every other weekend for six months in CMSC 8, a medical unit of
    the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and an additional two years as an
    outpatient undergoing chemotherapy.

    Since he was six years-old, his cancer has been in remission.
    wanted to find a way to give back to Johns Hopkins,” said Eli Kahn, who
    is now a student at the Gilman School, an all boys day school in
    Maryland.At the age of 12, Kahn founded “Cartridges for a Cure.”He said
    the idea came to him while searching for a community service project
    for his Bar Mitzvah. He set a goal for himself and achieved it, raising
    $1,800 for pediatric cancer research at Johns Hopkins’ Division of
    Pediatric Oncology. To date, Kahn has raised more than $84,000. And
    $35,000 was the result of his personal efforts.”Cartridges for a Cure”
    uses a free and simple method to make a difference, Helene Kahn said.A
    recycled ink cartridge is worth anywhere from $1 to $5 per cartridge.
    Each toner cartridge – similar to those found in offices and computer
    labs – is worth up to $20.”I think it’s really creative; it’s so easy
    to do,” said Michaela Boykin, a sophomore psychology major. “Why throw
    them away when you can give them to a good cause?”Boykin, as well as
    other students, said they believe that bringing the program to the
    dorms is a great start but that it should be accessible to people
    living on South and off campus.Melissa Ong, a senior public relations
    and international relations major, said she hopes the program will grow
    to include the entire university, specifically the computer labs and
    clusters.”The university should make an announcement to make students
    aware of how they can help out,” said Katie Greene, a junior public
    relations major.Eli Kahn has been getting his share of attention for
    his work since his program began.Last April, he won the Volvo for Life
    Award in the environmental section and donated the $50,000 award to his
    charity. The Daily Record, of Baltimore County, Md., listed Kahn as one
    of Maryland’s “Innovators of the Year,” an acknowledgment given to
    successful business leaders and community organizers.The exposure from
    this honor led to a $5,000 check for his organization after he was a
    finalist in the “Born Heroes” contest hosted by Lands’ End, a clothing
    retailer.In addition to helping in cancer research, “Cartridges for a
    Cure” helps alleviate the 85 million pounds of waste generated by ink
    jet cartridges, according to a short documentary featuring Kahn on, an inspirational Web site.”Ink cartridges can take
    hundreds of years to degrade. With my project, I have kept over 2,000
    cartridges out of landfills,” Kahn said in the documentary.When ink
    cartridges are disposed improperly, it can result in the release of
    carcinogens, according to the documentary. Exposure to carcinogens,
    which are harmful substances, can lead to cancer. One of the causes of
    these substances is external exposure to the body such as radiation,
    chemicals and other infectious agents.William R. Brody, the president
    of Johns Hopkins University, announced last week that “Cartridges for a
    Cure” would be a campus wide initiative at his university.Matthew
    Smith, a human resources employee at Johns Hopkins, said the program
    has not been implemented yet, though the plan is for all the dorms at
    JHU to be supplied with a green box in which students can recycle their
    empty ink cartridges.Throughout the rest of the campus, custodial
    services will collect empty ink cartridges and send them to
    Empties4Cash, the recycling company with which Eli Kahn is registered.