Clarion, Pa.- The Reading for the Cure event run by an assortment of student organizations at Moore Hall on Friday night helped readers to spread breast cancer awareness.
The event worked on two fronts, spreading awareness through the pieces of literature which students read to an audience and raising charitable and raffle donations at the event for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
The donations will aid the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure which will take place on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015.
The English Club, Sigma Tau Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha all had a role in bringing the annual event to life this year.
Various departments and clubs around campus played a hand in donating to the cause this year, whether it was money, raffle baskets or volunteers.
This year, a quilt was awarded in a separate raffle. The quilt was crafted by Sally Byers of Countryside Crafts and Quilts in Knox and utilized the “John’s Radiant Star” design. This year’s 18th Reading for the Cure was dedicated to the memory of John Byers.
Twenty-six faculty and student volunteers read famous and inspirational pieces of poetry and prose, while others read their original content.
Senior and former President of English Club, Christian Crankfield, read Emily Dickinson’s “Mother Nature.”
Crankfield said, “There are so many different readings. It brings a lot of people together to listen in.
Everyone’s had someone [in their lives] that’s been touched by cancer sometime,” said Crankfield.
Freshman Leah Heglas’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts on separate occasions. She beat the disease in 2013. Heglas said, “It helps me find a cure for something personal to me since my mom had it.”
Other facets of the event included a performance from the gospel choir, an alumni reception and refreshments. Merchandise for awareness was also sold at the event.
Between the profits and donations collected, a total of $8,500. It was raised this year and may be tied for the highest amount collected at a Reading for the Cure event according to faculty sponsor, Kevin Stemmler.
Stemmler said he was proud to work with everyone who participated in the event. “Many hands do make light work, but many hearts make a difference,” he said.
Junior Sydney Buffington summed up Reading for the Cure nicely and said, “[Reading for the Cure] promotes helping to get a cure, reading (which we’re all in to here), and awareness. It’s the greatest combination for anyone to come up with for a good cause.”