On Friday, October 1st, the Student Philanthropy Organization here on campus held a “Run for Cancer Research” event. Signs were posted all over to guide the participating runners in a path that stood about a mile in length. The weather stayed bright and beautiful, as volunteers lined up to race for the cause. Anyone involved on campus could join the race, participants included staff, students, and faculty.

Samuel Bowen, President of the Student Philanthropy Organization and a third-year member of the organization, reflects extraordinary outcome of this event.

“Together, we raced to raise awareness of, and funds for, the Rich and Robin Porter Cancer Research Center. With the campus and community support, we were able to raise $10,000 to support cancer research taking place at Indiana State University.” Bowen explains, “A total of 174 participants signed up to compete, both in-person and virtually. Participant’s support will have an impact on the Rich and Robin Porter Cancer Research Center Fellows, along with all of those fighting cancer in their everyday lives. This was the organization’s inaugural running of this event, and they plan to host a second running in November of 2022.

“The Student Philanthropy Organization strives to cultivate a culture of philanthropy on campus by hosting awareness events and encouraging students to support current and future Sycamores by giving back.” says Bowen “This event supports our mission by not only impacting Sycamores, but also the community around us.”

Students that are interested in joining the Student Philanthropy Organization may contact Samuel Bowen at sbowen11@sycamores.indstate.edu.