Rockin’ for a Reason

This February, Epsilon Mu participated in Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis, a student-run organization serving the MS Institute of Mid-Missouri. After two weeks of events, service, and performances, our campus raised $81,462 towards the cause.

1925265_873189019405975_4086868684651042652_nMultiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain. It is often disabling and affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

One of our liaisons, Cori Schrade, decided to get involved with RAMS because it is very dear to her heart.

“Not a lot of people know what Multiple Sclerosis is, and I wanted to be a part of a movement that spreads awareness and raises money to help people suffering live a more normal life,” Cori said.

The money that RAMS raises goes towards easing the lives of those suffering from MS. This could be anything from installing a grab bar in the bathroom, to helping families be financially stable.

10984039_872770586114485_6774348972208219942_nWe kicked off with a 5K run at Stephens Lake Park. Over 500 runners decked out in blue, including sisters Kara Simon and Paulina Simon.

Kara Simon, who worked on Public Relations on the Steering Committee, said “RAMS is extremely important to me because my mom has MS. Being able to support a cause that is so close to home is a truly unique experience.”

Throughout the week, there were profit shares at local restaurants, including Yogoluv, Shakespeare’s, Chipotle and Jamba Juice.

Over the next few days, there were many events and activities to get involved in. Sisters gathered at AMF Town & Country Lanes for some friendly bowling. Brain Phillips, Kim Williams, Bill Sinak, and Mary Kay Fink spoke at the Missouri Theatre. Mick Winfield starred in Comedy Night at Déjà Vu Comedy Club. For service day, Epsilon Mu created a Valentine’s basket to give to someone affected by MS.

10983391_10204833303125766_6951451766830975954_nMany sisters, including Liz Garrison, participated in Jail N’ Bail at the Student Center. She was kept in “jail,” collecting donations until she had enough to get bailed out.

To wrap up the festivities, sisters worked tirelessly to put on a great performance at Rock-It prelims at the Blue Note. The theme was “Love Sick,” and they performed to many songs including “Fever,” “Bleeding Love” and “No Scrubz.” We are SO proud of our talented sisters for advancing on to Finals. They had an awesome second show at the Missouri Theatre and blew the crowd away with their performance.

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“It was nice to be able to do something to raise money for a good cause, but also have fun while doing it,” dancer Carly Mueller said.

It has been a great couple of weeks benefiting the MS Institute of Mid-Missouri. We are proud of all of our sisters who worked so hard to make this a success!

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