The men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Zeta Chapter, and the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Eta Chapter, joined forces with the Make-A-Wish Foundation on September 20th to raise money for dying children.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in the United States that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses who have reached the age of 2½ and are younger than 18 at the time of referral. Potential wish kids, medical professionals, parents, legal guardians and family members with detailed knowledge of the child’s current medical condition can initiate the referral process.
The national headquarters and founding chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is in Phoenix, Arizona. The organization grants wishes through its 60 chapters located throughout the United States. Make-A-Wish also operates in 45 other countries around the world through 38 other affiliate offices.
The two fraternities came together in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining facility’s lobby to raise money for Stennis and Michael (There last names were withheld for privacy reasons.) Stennis has been diagnosed with a blood disorder and his dying wish is to see the Miami Dolphins play in person while Michael, who is currently battling cancer, wants to go to New York City.
The Sigmas and Omegas stood in the lobby of the cafeteria asking patrons to donate $1 or more. If someone donated a dollar, they had the opportunity to write their name, or an inspirational message on a blue cut out star. If someone was to donate $3 or more, along with getting a star, they received a blue wristband with the words “Make-A-Wish” engraved on it.
At the end of the event, the two fraternities placed all of the stars on the walls of the cafeteria to show the school, and Stennis and Michael Alcorn’s support.