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USD fraternity crosses $12,500 mark for fundraising for blood-born cancer research and cures
Pi Kappa Alpha’s annual Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life event continues to make a difference
VERMILLION, SD – March 1, 2017 – The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) at the University of South Dakota hosted its seventh annual Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life on Wednesday, March 1 at the USD Wellness Center. This year’s fundraiser allowed the chapter to raise more than $500 to benefit the M.D. Anderson Center for cures and research for blood-born cancers. To date, the event has raised more than $12,570. Overall, Pi Kappa Alpha has raised more than $200,000 for charitable causes since 2011.
Participants, corporate and local sponsors, and a dedicated USD fraternity of nearly 100 men helped make this event a success. The Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life event raises funds and awareness for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and melanoma. One-hundred percent of funds raised benefit the M.D. Anderson Center and the cutting-edge research done around the clock to find cures for blood cancers.
The Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life honors a PIKE brother, Taylor Trudeau, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2008. The event keeps his memory alive all across North America as PIKE chapters host the Cycle which is a stationary bicycle event complete with spin instructors.
Second year Medical Biology and Physics double-major and Pi Kappa Alpha President Sawyer Stevens, of Marshall, MN, is humbled by the community’s generosity to the Cycle for Life event. “Pi Kappa Alpha strives to make a difference in not only our members’ lives, but also in the greater community and world,” Stevens said. “Thank you to all who participated in our event and to all who donated to make Cycle for Life successful.”
Photos of the sixth annual Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life can be viewed here.
For more information, and to schedule an interview, contact Dom McClendon, director of communications, at 605-360-5294 or Dominick.McClendon@coyotes.usd.edu.
Learn more here:
· USD PIKES: www.USDPIKES.org
· Pi Kappa Alpha: www.PIKES.org
· Cycle for Life: www.TaylorCycleForLife.org
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at the University of South Dakota