Students Take Aim at Cancer with Fundraisers

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University students are driving separate philanthropic projects in the fight against cancer.

A pair of upcoming events are the basis for initiatives aimed at both childhood cancer and breast cancer.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, students representing CSU fraternities and sororities will perform in a step show fundraiser. “Stroll for a Cure,” starting 7:30 p.m. in the University Hall auditorium, will support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

On Thursday Oct. 29, Kappa Sigma fraternity members will have their heads shaved at the campus clock tower in a show of solidarity with cancer patients. This third annual “Shave to Save” event, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., also will raise dollars for the American Cancer Society’s campaign to raise breast cancer awareness and research funding.

“Stroll for a Cure” marks the first outreach event for the CSU Student Government Association’s “Up ‘til Dawn” program — part of a nationwide network of college students supporting the Nashville-based St. Jude hospital.

Complementing the step show will be a rap performance by national recording artist and Columbus native D.K.

Also, Ashley Ringer, a St. Jude representative from Atlanta, will give remarks, WFXE radio in Columbus will provide music and raffle drawings will take place throughout the event.

Instead of an admission price, donations will be collected at the door. “It’s important for both the campus and off-campus communities to come out and support this effort,” said Columbus State SGA President Joshua Burston. “St. Jude relies primarily on public donations to meet its $1.4 million daily operating costs for patient care and research.”

Meanwhile, Kappa Sigma is looking to collect $6,000 from “Shave to Save” after raising $5,123 during the 2008 event. This year’s effort will involve the head shaving of all 29 members of the fraternity, with Columbus’ Boyz barbershop donating its resources.

Non-member observers are invited to make donations, as well as participate. “If anyone wants to shave the head of one of the guys, they can ‘buy’ the opportunity to do so,” said Kappa Sigma representative William Chapman. “We also welcome anyone to have their head shaved, with a donation.”

For more information, call 706-568-2273.