Bradley community celebrates "Day of Caring"

More than 250 members of the Bradley community formed a human breast cancer ribbon in support of the Race for the Cure.

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April 22, 2010

By Abby Wilson ’10

Almost 400 members of the Bradley community gathered at Meinen Field at noon Thursday to don pink T-shirts and form a replica of the Susan G. Komen organization’s ribbon symbol.

Eric Brinker ’98, co-chair of the 25th annual Race for the Cure in Peoria, asked Team Bradley to create the human ribbon aerial photo.

“Komen presented this to Bradley as a unique opportunity to come together and create something very special,” said Annette Zehner, Bradley’s director of marketing. Zehner helped organize the photo event, along with Dassie Rice ’11, Jim Crone ’02, Bradley's director of Web Marketing/Communications, and Karen Crowley Metzinger, MA ’97, Bradley’s director of Alumni Publications. President Joanne Glasser is honorary chairwoman of this year’s Race for the Cure.

Afterwards, participants enjoyed lunch provided by Jimmy John’s, Nick-N-Willy’s, the Fieldhouse, and Bradley Dining Services. Later, a bags tournament was hosted by three students. Proceeds went to Team Bradley to support the Komen organization.

In the midst of the end-of-semester rush, hundreds of Bradley students took time out of their schedules to participate in the human ribbon formation or other events that were part of the “Day of Caring” on April 22. 

The day kicked off with Delta Upsilon’s 27th annual Jump for St. Jude event on Olin Quad Thursday morning. Michael Manseau ’10, past DU president, said the event has raised more than $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the last four years.

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“We have strong support from the entire Greek community, various organizations, and even faculty and staff,” said Manseau. “The wonderful thing about St. Jude is that everybody can relate. We all know a family member, friend, or a loved one who has dealt with cancer or other debilitating diseases.”

Delta Upsilon wasn’t the only group raising money for cancer research. On Wednesday, Pi Kappa Alpha hosted the third annual St. Baldrick’s Day on Olin Quad, where students shave their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research. “The majority of participation comes from other fraternities and sororities,” said Pike president Alex Oberlin ’11. “They have always ensured that this event has been a success in the past.”

Other events throughout the day included the Easter Seals Benefit Show, a bake sale put on by Alpha Chi Omega, and Bradley Fellows Earth Day flowers. Students decorated flowerpots and planted flowers for Riverview Senior Living Community. Another benefit for Easter Seals was held at Subway on Wednesday evening, and Bradley Fellows also hosted a campus yard sale on Tuesday to raise money for Crittenton Centers. The “Week of Caring” ends Friday with 24 Hours of Music, benefiting the Fine Arts programs of Peoria School District 150. 

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