On April 19-21, members of Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Eastern Washington University will take part in a fundraising event to benefit the ALS Association, which seeks to find a cure for what’s commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as well as funding for scholarships. The fraternity men plan to run a relay race from Cheney to the Iron Horse Monument above the Columbia River at Vantage, Wash.
The 170-mile trek is in conjunction with other Phi Delta Theta chapters in the state – including University of Washington and University of Puget Sound in the Seattle area, as well as Whitman University in Walla Walla. “The plan is to have a concerted effort to raise awareness and funding for Lou Gehrig’s Disease while also building brotherhood with other Phi Delts throughout the state,” said Kyle Bondo, president of the EWU chapter. “All proceeds are split evenly between the ALS Association and the Phi Delta Theta Foundation, which awards undergraduate and graduate scholarships to Phi Delta Theta members.”
Approximately 15 members will begin running Friday afternoon and plan to reach the centrally located monument Sunday evening. “We’ll be camping along the way and will meet the other chapters at Vantage,” said Bondo. “We picked the Iron Horse Monument because it was in the middle of the state and kept the mileage about the same for all the chapters, and, of course, because Lou Gehrig, who was a member of Phi Delta Theta, was nicknamed the Iron Horse.”
While the chapter’s goal is to raise $10,000 and become designated as an “Iron Phi” chapter, a distinguished recognition according to Bondo, they’ve currently collected $1,061.50. Members will be dispersing throughout Cheney in the coming days, seeking to garner donations from local businesses and individuals.
If any staff, faculty or other students would like to donate to the cause, secure transactions are handled by a third-party vendor and can be made on the chapter’s Iron Phi team page by clicking the “Make a gift!” link on the right side of the page.