Sigma Chi gets chilly to fight ALS

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On Monday, Oct. 26, the brothers of Sigma Chi fraternity held an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in just-below 50-degree weather as part of their Derby Days to help raise money for the ALS Association.

Union’s chapter of the fraternity has chosen to dedicate its Derby Days week to fundraising for and raising awareness of ALS.

This event is near and dear to the hearts of the brothers of Sigma Chi because, in 2008, Ryan Murphy ’16, a brother of the fraternity, found out his father had been diagnosed with ALS.

Sigma Chi President William Gibbs ’17 said Murphy’s “father was diagnosed and still continues his battle today. As a result, we have dedicated our efforts this week to fighting back against ALS and raising money for research.”

Sigma Chi’s Ice Bucket Challenge, which was held outside of Reamer Campus Center at 5 p.m., was the second event of the chapter’s Derby Days and sought to raise awareness for the disease and honor Murphy’s father’s ongoing battle.

The brothers had high expectations for the event. They got into contact with different clubs, sporting groups and other campus organizations to make the event a success.

Prior to the event, Jordan Cooper ’18 stated, “We are expecting a big crowd and great fundraising results.”

According to Gibbs, Sigma Chi raised over $600 at the event. As of Monday, the money raised from Derby Days was already a third of what the chapter raised last year.

But Gibbs said, “The money pales in comparison to the awareness that was raised by the effort. ALS is a terrible disease which affects 30,000 people each year and their family members. If we can educate even one individual about ALS, we consider the week to be a success.”

Based on the money raised at the event, it is safe to say the brothers educated more than just one individual.

And Sigma Chi won’t be stopping there. Gibbs and his fellow brothers look to build on this success.

“We hope to continue this trend and contribute to the effort against ALS,” Gibbs said.

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