On Sunday October 4, 2015, the Epsilon Mu chapter of Sigma Kappa participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, located at Cosmopolitan Park. Gerontology with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s research is one of Sigma Kappa’s core philanthropies. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States with no known cure.
Sigma Kappa’s team goal was $45,000 and by Sunday, they raised $51,500!
Before the walk started, everyone received a flower to later put in the Promise Garden. Each flower had a different color, which signified how Alzheimer’s disease has affected the participant. Orange symbolized supporting the cause; purple symbolized losing someone to Alzheimer’s disease; yellow symbolized being a caregiver to someone who has Alzheimer’s; and blue symbolized having Alzheimer’s.
Cori Schrade choose yellow as she is a caregiver for her grandfather. “Caring for someone with dementia/Alzheimer’s is not easy. It’s hard to see someone you love be so different than who they were. Caring for my grandfather has been hard on my family, especially my mom, but that’s what you do for the people you love.” -Cori Schrade
This is Epsilon Mu’s third consecutive year of being the top fundraising chapter in the country.
Lauren Butowksy was awarded grand champion for raising $1,300. She was given a medal and grand champion t-shirt.