Omega Phi Alpha: National Service Sorority

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This semester, we are doing a service project through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society called Light the Night. This annual walk helps raise funds to help those fighting blood cancers. This project is especially important to us because one of our sisters, Stacy, is directly affected by these diseases; her mother, Linda, is currently battling Amyloidosis and Fibromyalgia. Here is what Stacy said about her mom on our team’s homepage:

About Linda

  • Linda Fussell is my hero! My Mom is truly my best friend and I am honored to be walking for her!
  • My Mom has had so many medical problems these past few years, and so many unanswered questions. This past year she has endured over five surgeries.
  • My Mom is 54, and was diagnosed with Amyloidosis last spring. The Doctor’s still think there is more wrong, and she was given a second diagnosis of Fibromyalgia this summer.
  • Her disease, Amyloidosis is very rare, and was caught early! They believe it is localized.
  • My Mom and I joined the Amyloidosis Support Group where we heard of Light the Night, and knew it was perfect! We hope one day Amyloidosis can be cured!
In the mail last week, I received an advertisement from Burlington Coat Factory. On the back of their flier, there was a section devoted to Light the Night! I was so excited to see this:
There is also a link for Light the Night at the bottom of Burlington’s website.
On the Light the Night “about” webpage, it says, “Light The Night Walk events are evenings filled with inspiration. During this leisurely walk, walkers carry illuminated balloons – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer – thousands of walkers – men, women and children – form a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world of cancer.”
Here is a video that I found on the Light the Night website. David’s story is truly heart felt.
After learning all of this, I was pumped to do all that I could to help! I wrote an email about our Light the Night walk and sent it to everyone I could think of, and I have already raised about $150! I also passed the information along to my sisters with the hopes that they will pass it along as well. Here is what I wrote to them today:
“Hey, everyone!
Here is the email that I wrote to raise money for our Light the Night team in honor of Stacy’s mom. I sent it to all of my family, friends, co-workers, church family, etc. (basically everyone I know!) I have already raised $150.00, and I have two more people who said they would be able to donate in October.
Hello, everyone!

I am writing to tell you about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk to benefit cancer research. This event will take place on November 5th at Centenial Olympic Park, and I will be walking along with other sisters from my service sorority at Kennesaw State University, Omega Phi Alpha. This event is especially important to us because of the close connection that Stacy, one of our sisters, has to this disease; her mother was diagnosed with Amyloidosis last spring, and she was given a second diagnosis of Fibromyalgia this summer. We are participating in this walk in honor of Stacy’s mom.

Here is the link to our team’s homepage where you can find out more about the event.

If you feel led to do so, I would like to ask you to donate to this cause to raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services. Even a small donation will get me closer to my goal of $100. If you are not able to donate, please pass along this email to others you think may be interested. Also, I would like to ask for your prayers for Stacy’s mom, Linda Fussell, and our team as we participate in this walk.

Thank you so much!

Our team goal is $1,000, and I really think that we can do it! You have until November 5th, but don’t delay. 🙂
Thanks, ladies! I hope to see you all at the event!
-Teigan McIntosh”
Stacy says that there is also a vendor letter that we are going to try to get out to local businesses. Hopefully we will be able to meet our goal of $1,000- for Stacy’s mom and all of those affected by these diseases! If we do, maybe we will be able to submit an article about our accomplishment to the KSU paper, The Sentinel, and even the AJC. We could “make it big,” as Stacy said in chapter this week. 🙂