Evan Santiago

(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Winthrop University’s Delta Pi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma hosted their annual philanthropic event last week, called Gold Week, which is intended to raise  awareness and money for childhood cancer.

Gold Week is a series of fundraising activities every fall semester that collects funds for Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

“My sister was diagnosed with cancer when she was a kid,” said Kaylee Hall, chair of this year’s Gold Week. “The cause is very near and dear to my heart.”

The fundraiser included speakers from non-profit groups that aid families with childhood cancer and an event where members decorated gold medals for children being treated at Levine Children’s Hospital.

“It’s extremely important that we get involved because we want to give back,” said Dara Bower, a Tri Sigma member. “We want to help people who are less fortunate and if we can make their day just a little bit better, that is really our goal at the end of the day.”

The sorority plans to continue its efforts Oct. 21-24 by raising funds for the Robbie Page Memorial Fund, the official philanthropic arm of Tri Sigma.

The fund, which was founded in 1954, aims to fund medical research, fellowship grants, and cutting edge therapy for polio patients.