Gift in honor of members’ sister will allow name to live on, make a difference for other kids
Vermillion, SD – April 11, 2016 – The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) at the University of South Dakota is proud to announce their $25,000 commitment to Bold Kids Brave Cures, an initiative of Sanford Health Foundation in Sioux Falls, SD. This special announcement was made during the first day of the chapter’s fifth annual PIKE Week of Service.
The chapter will support pediatric cancer initiatives through a gift to Ava’s House, a 20-bed, in-patient acute-level hospice facility serving all ages with 24-hour nursing care in a home-like environment. It will also be one of just four in the country to include in-patient pediatric hospice services. Ava’s House will be located at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
This gift is special to the chapter because it honors Tanna Kingsbury, who passed away on September 14, 2014 at the age of 15 after a courageous battle with cancer. Tanna was the sister of chapter brother Tarkenton Kingsbury. Tanna’s courageous battle inspired an entire fraternity – and University of South Dakota community. Her memory will live on, and will touch the lives of children.
Pi Kappa Alpha President KC Herman, a third-year student from Milford, NE, is amazed by the generosity of the PIKES at USD. “At just 15 years old, Tanna inspired our fraternity,” Herman said. “Our chapter is filled with passionate members who want to make a difference in kids’ lives,” Herman said. “This commitment is inspiring because it allows us to honor Tanna while supporting our favorite cause: children fighting cancer.”
The chapter previously supported Cure Kids Cancer, also an initiative of Sanford Health Foundation. Brave Kids Bold Cures began in 2014 and raises funds and awareness for pediatric oncology programs and services for local children treated at Sanford Children’s Hospital.
To learn more about Brave Kids Bold Cures click here (http://bravekidsboldcures.com). For information on Ava’s House: http://www.sanfordhealth.org/foundation-news/october-1015/gift-of-time. For more information on the University of South Dakota PIKES, click here: www.USDPIKES.org. To schedule an interview, please contact Sawyer Stevens at Sawyer.Stevens@coyotes.usd.edu or 507-829-0183.