Julia Patterson, '17, rides the mechanical bull at the "Lassoing Leukemia" event on Oct. __. The event was hosted by Delta Upsilon fraternity, Kappa Delta sorority, the Umoja House and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. (Christina Mueller/B&W Staff)

Delta Upsilon fraternity hosts ‘Lassoing Leukemia’ event to benefit its national philanthropy


Delta Upsilon fraternity brought together the Lehigh community on Wednesday to raise awareness at its annual “Lassoing Leukemia” event.

The event, which is DU’s annual philanthropy project, was co-hosted by Kappa Delta sorority, the Umoja House and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. All of the profits raised were donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is “the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services,” according to its website.

“The cowboy-themed carnival raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and it was an absolute blast,” said Sydney Bagley, ’16, who lives in the Umoja House.

The event was held in the DU chapter parking lot and offered a variety of fun activities that also contributed to the cause. Some of the main activities included a pole that people could lasso, a race through a bouncy course, a mechanical bull and a knockout ring. To participate in the games and activities, students purchased tickets that were priced based on the difficulty of the game. Attendees could also use their tickets to buy food, including Dunkin Donuts coffee and donuts.

“The event was a huge success,” said Ryan Cronin, ’17, a brother in DU. “There were a ton of people who showed up, and it was a great time. It warmed my heart to see how many people came to the event to support the fight against leukemia.”

In addition to the activities and food, DU provided chalk for anyone interested in writing their names on the pavement of the parking lot in memory of any people or family members who lost their fight with cancer. Many students attended the event to show their support for raising awareness for the cause, and several students shared their life experiences regarding the affects of leukemia and other forms of cancer.

“‘Lassoing Leukemia’ was a good time to spend with friends, not to mention it’s for a good cause to help for research,” said Freddy Coleman, president of the class of 2017.

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