In 2013, the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at Austin Peay State University began a philanthropy event to help raise money for an APSU alumnae, Katelyn Lister, who was battling stage four cancer. The event had fraternity brothers selling tickets and t-shirts for their new skating event. The fraternity raised $3,000 to help Katelyn and her family pay for medical expenses and help them through an excruciating time. Over the following year Katelyn went into remission from the cancer and is now doing well.
Moving into 2014 Sigma Phi Epsilon wanted to move its efforts to something even more close to home. One of its undergraduate members, Ethan Gibson, lives with cystic fibrosis (CF) and is very involved in SigEp. With help from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) in Clarksville, SigEp’s event was now a fund raiser for CFF in 2014. In its first year with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, SigEp raised $4,000 to go toward research that will help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. All proceeds raised by SigEp now go to CFF.
As 2015 planning began, the event needed a name that would better suit and identify its efforts. After long periods of thought and consultation with the foundation, SigEp coined the name Rolling Roses which plays off the phrase “65 Roses.” The term is used by younger patients to help them easily pronounce the name of their disease, cystic fibrosis…65 roses. Since their first initial contact with CFF in 2014, SigEp has been honored to work with such an amazingly motivated and hard working foundation.
SigEp is proud to announce that we raised $5,000 to benefit towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation this year. Thank you to our sponsors and fellow students who helped make this possible.