Our inspiration


Ryan Gilbert, Founder

“I hit a wall in my life when my aunt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I had never felt so hopeless in my life. I saw an opportunity to build PACT from the ground up in order to support people going through similar hardship. We’re here for anyone who is suffering through this unfortunate side of life; we’re always looking out for those in need.”


Brad Smertz, Founder

“Ryan came to me with an idea to create something larger than myself — something that could potentially alter the lives of many individuals for the better. That idea was PACT. I worked and continue to work very hard at making PACT not only an effective place for helping individuals contribute to the cause, but also a place where a lending hand may be offered to anyone in need.”


Katrine Schechter, Previous President

"At age 10, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, I didn’t understand the impact of this disease. Over the years, I’ve become increasingly exposed to the damage cancer causes. I have seen the pain it has inflicted upon my life, the lives of those I love, and the lives of millions of people around the world. More importantly, I have seen the impact cancer has had in bringing people together. We at PACT are students that share a genuine desire to eradicate the world of cancer. We are committed to actively fighting back together. "