Sitting outside The Kanbar Campus Center this week, the guys of Sigma Nu have been blasting music, grilling burgers, pedaling endlessly on a stationary bike and hoping to raise over $1,500 dollars for breast cancer research.
In the fraternity’s 12th annual “Bike for the Cure,” each of the 27 members is taking turns riding a stationary bike for an hour or more each, without stopping, for 36 straight hours. The guys started on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 a.m. and will continue until Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m.
The fundraiser started after a former fraternity brother’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Danny “Sarge” Fortier, a current junior at PhilaU and Sigma Nu member, said that the group has been very successful in hitting their goal of $1,500 raised each year, 100 percent of which is donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Fortier said he hopes this year’s total will be closer to $2,500, the number pulled in by the bike-a-thon two years ago.
“It’s a fun event,” Fortier said. “Some people laugh or stare when they walk by, but for the most part, people are willing to donate. Even small change helps.”
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, approximately 1.4 million women around the world are diagnosed with breast cancer each year — equal to one person every 23 seconds.
The foundation estimates, one in eight women in the United States is expected to develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime at current rates, and approximately 456,000 women globally die each year from the disease.
Donations can be made until 6 p.m. outside The Kanbar Campus Center.