CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Nov. 7, 2003 – Southeast Missouri State University’s fraternal organization Delta Chi raised $1,250 in “America’s Walk for Diabetes” Oct. 11, placing the fraternity among the top fund-raising teams that day.
Area Manager Michelle Bradshaw of the American Diabetes Association applauded the men of Delta Chi, saying they were motivated to participate by a fraternity brother who suffers from diabetes.
But, she added, “They did a great service for all people afflicted with this terrible disease. They even pitched in and helped set up tables and chairs. We are proud of Delta Chi for setting a leadership standard that hopefully other organizations will follow.”
The money raised at the walk is used to fund research for a cure for diabetes, to fund prevention and education programs, and to provide money for camps for children with diabetes.
According to Bradshaw, 17 million Americans are afflicted with diabetes, including nearly 4,000 people in the Cape Girardeau area alone. The disease will cost the taxpayers of Missouri $1.9 billion.