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February 06, 2009
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TKE encourages students to wear red in honor of women

The Susquehanna University Iota-Beta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) is sponsoring a National Wear Red Day today.

TKE joins the American Heart Association in its Go Red for Women movement to battle two of the leading causes of death among American women: cardiovascular disease and stroke.
According to the Go Red for Women Web site, goredforwomen.org, "Go Red for Women celebrates the energy, passion and power [we] have to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke."

On National Wear Red Day, millions of people across the country don red articles of clothing to show support for those who succumbed to or are suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke, the site said. "The color red now stands for the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives," it said.

TKE is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to wear red today, and to donate toward the Go Red for Women movement at the collection tables the fraternity will have set up in the Degenstein Campus Center around lunchtime, said TKE President Frank Minniti.

Minniti said the fraternity became involved in the movement through Peter Cary, a Susquehanna and fraternity alumnus who is now an employee at the American Heart Association.

"He e-mailed some of our members with information about the movement and this day-long event, and we liked what it was about and thought it would work well as our command event," Minniti said.

According to the e-mail from Cary, "Nearly 455,000 women in the U.S. die each year from disease of the heart and stroke, more female lives lost annually than from the next five causes of death combined, including all cancers."

For its part in the movement, Minniti said the fraternity tacked on $5 to each member's semester dues, bringing the amount of money raised thus far to $220. Minniti said the fraternity hopes to double that amount through campus donations collected throughout the day today.

Minniti added that fraternity faculty advisor Stephen Wilkerson said that if the fraternity reaches its goal, Wilkerson will match the total of donations collected.

"The main thing we're looking for through this event is awareness," Minniti said. "We're trying to get as many people as possible to come together for this one-day event to donate as much money as possible to the American Heart Association and its fight for women's hearts."

TKE members will be available to collect monetary donations and to provide more information at a table in the basement of the Degenstein Campus Center today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again at a table outside the Information Desk on the first floor of the Degenstein Campus Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Minniti said.

If anyone would like to donate toward the movement after National Wear Red Day, Minniti said he or she may contact him, fraternity Vice President Adam Rann or Philanthropy Chair Donnie Schuck via e-mail.

"Everyone can support the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red," read the Go Red for Women Web site. "It's a simple, powerful way to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. A little color goes a long way."

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