About Us


Students Together Against Cancer was founded in July of 2012 by Jeremy Payne. In seventh grade, Jeremy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was forced to miss most of the school year while undergoing treatment. Jeremy beat the disease, but he realized cancer’s impact reaches far beyond a person’s health.

According to a 2009 survey conducted by the Association of Oncology Social Work, 55 percent of cancer patients stated that “the stress of dealing with costs negatively affects their ability to focus on their recovery.” In many cases, patients are forced to choose between receiving treatment and paying utility bills. Jeremy wanted to find a way to alleviate additional stressors for cancer patients and their families so that they may focus solely on beating the disease.

STAC is the end-product of Jeremy’s vision. What began as a club operating out of a dorm room at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln blossomed into a 501(c)(3) non-profit with several community partners and outreach clubs in multiple area high schools. While organizations often fundraise for a cure, STAC’s goal is to help treat the existing problem. Our mission statement is below:

It is the mission of Students Together Against Cancer…

… to provide emotional and financial assistance to local cancer patients.


… to provide students with practical opportunities to develop skills in their areas of interest.


… to assist other cancer-related organizations and initiatives.

The STAC Grant

The STAC Grant is a $400 one-time donation made to individuals who meet and agree to the STAC Grant Restrictions and Income Requirements. Once an individual is approved to receive the STAC Grant, funds are distributed as either (a) grocery gift cards, or (b) checks written directly to utility companies. Learn more about or apply for the STAC Grant by clicking below.

Get Involved


Students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln can get involved by joining the UNL STAC registered student organization (RSO), which meets once a month.


Because STAC is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, individuals can make a tax-deductible contribution to our cause. Donations can be made online or mailed check.

High School Clubs

High school students in Lincoln, Nebraska can get involved by joining the STAC Club at their high school. Two Lincoln high schools currently have clubs.

Spread the Word

STAC is growing, and increased community awareness and involvement helps our cause. We’d appreciate if you shared what we do with your friends and family!