By Bergen Kassoff, Alpha Omicron Pi Philanthropy Chair
Alpha Omicron Pi sorority partnered with Sigma Chi fraternity about ten years ago to begin our annual seesaw event. The event originated as a fun way for our two organizations to get together and raise money and awareness. Each year we seesaw on the front lawn of Lehigh University for 50 straight hours to help a philanthropic cause near and dear to our hearts.
This past year we chose Lung Cancer Alliance as our charity. We selected them in support of a member of Alpha Omicron Pi’s mother who has been battling stage IV lung cancer. We were specifically inspired by Lung Cancer Alliance’s “No One Deserves to Die” stigma-busting initiative, which serves as a reminder that there are many causes for cancer and no one deserves to be sick.
Our goal in hosting this event was to raise money and awareness for the disease. We set our fundraising goal to $10,000 and had all hands on deck to spread the word to spectators and donors. We are proud to announce that we exceeded our fundraising goal and raised a total of $12,558, the most we have EVER raised for this event! By the end we were successful in educating many students, faculty and members of the Lehigh community on lung cancer, the facts and how they can make a difference.
It was extremely rewarding to see that even a week after the event people were still wearing the lung cancer awareness bracelets and key chains to demonstrate their support in the fight. This was a truly empowering experience for all that participated.
We are honored to have had the pleasure to work with such an amazing organization and look forward to planning our next event with the Lung Cancer Alliance.
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