Annually, the Supreme Directorum designates one charity as the National Fraternity Charity of the Year to support. For this Fraternal year, Jon has continued our commitment to the Lustgarten Foundation in honor of Dr. Jeffrey M. Levy, Donald Langan Sr., Dr. Albert J. Puccia, David Behme, and all of the fraternity's family and friends that have fought this disease. There are countless ways in which a chapter can help raise money for such a worthy cause including the many Pancreatic Cancer Research Walks that the Lustgarten Foundation sets up. The Philanthropy Committee for this year, Morgan Quigley, assisted by Joey Parisi, look to help Fraters and chapters to set up events, exchange ideas with one another and track how much money is ultimately raised.
It is estimated that over 60,000 people will have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer diagnosed in 2021. The median age for diagnosis is 70 years of age. Although pancreatic cancer represents approximately 3% of all cancer cases, it is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death.
The Lustgarten Foundation’s mission includes increasing the funding and support of research (100% of every donation received goes to pancreatic cancer research), facilitating and enhancing the dialogue among members of different medical and scientific communities to meet these needs, heightening public awareness of pancreatic cancer and supporting patients and their families and friends.
Lustgarten Foundation believes that it is no longer a matter of "if" we are going to conquer this disease, it is a matter of WHEN.
Some previous charities of the year include American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Association of Developmental Disabilities, and The March of Dimes.
For more information on Lustgarten Foundation, please visit their website at www.lustgarten.org
To donate to the Lustgarten Foundation please click here
Reference: National Cancer Institute. SEER Stat Facts Sheets: Pancreas Cancer. Available at: http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/pancreas.html.
National Philanthropy- Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer
Other Philanthropy Events
Nick K 5 K
On March 1, 2014 our dear friend Nicholas “Kappy” Kapusniak was tragically taken from us in an act of random and senseless violence. Kappy is greatly loved and missed by his friends at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his brothers in Alpha Zeta Omega. To honor his memory, on September 3, 2016 we are hosting the Nick K 5k Run/Walk to raise awareness and funds for his memorial scholarship at STLCOP. An additional event on August 12, 2016 will occur in Rochester, NY. There are two events: a 5k run and a 5k walk. Both begin and end on STLCOP's quad with some fun events to follow the event.
For more information about this event, please click here
Rutgers Dance Marathon
The Rutgers University Dance Marathon is a 30-hour student-run philanthropic event that unites the Rutgers community in an effort to raise money and increase awareness for the Embrace Kids Foundation. It is a university wide tradition comprised of volunteers who champion a commitment to service, leadership development and fun. It’s all FOR THE KIDS!
HuskyTHON is a year long fundraising effort at the University of Connecticut that raises funds for Connecticut Children's Medical Center. We celebrate the year with an eighteen hour dance marathon over the course of a weekend.