Reflecting on the Cardinal Principles – Honduras Service Immersion

By Gabriel Fernandez, UTEP

When I was very young, my uncle Eduardo Fernandez, a Catholic priest and Berkeley professor of Theology, used to prop me up on his lap and share with me countless stories of his many journeys around the world. He told me stories of children who were my age and sadly did not have the privileged life that I so guiltily took for granted everyday. He told me stories about families who pursued survival everyday and not newer things for the home or ideas for an exciting summer vacation. He even told me stories of places where people could die for merely choosing one God over another. All of these stories I took in, so young and so naïve. But now, I finally know what he was trying to do. His stories took me through the mountains of Central America, the historically rich cities of Europe, the indigenous communities of Africa and through many unseen cultures in Asia, all for the purpose of fostering within me a love for mankind and a growing urge to take action. For this, I will forever be thankful to him.

From May 19th through May 26th, I joined my brothers of Phi Delta Theta in an international immersion trip to Honduras. To say that this trip was life changing is a mere understatement. Never in my life have I ever been so humbled and inspired. The experiences that I had in Honduras will forever remind me that anything is truly possible in life, for the world’s problems are far greater than those that we fight at home everyday.  In Honduras, I had the privilege of sharing my daily experiences with the rest of the brothers that attended the trip. Our talks and trading of experiences every night helped me to grow deeper in the very things that make me a Phi Delta Theta. I will forever remember these brothers and I hope that they had as great of an experience as I did.

Our day with the children of San Isidro

Friendship

“One man is no man.”

On the third day of our trip, I had the experience of joining a group of children for an afternoon on a soccer field that was in the village right outside of where we stayed. Many of these children had holes in their shoes, old clothes, scratches all over their body and occasional health issues, but each of these children wore the most enormous smiles I’ve ever seen. In my community at home, it is becoming less common to see children putting down video game controllers and taking their play outside. In this fast moving world that we live in, technology has become the standard for fun and entertainment and unfortunately, many children will grow up not valuing the person to person contact that is shared outside on the playground. In Honduras, however, technology was not an option. With no toys, no playground, no balls and no pavement, these children reminded me that all that is needed to enjoy life is the mere society of others. We learned the games that these children played and we spent three hours running around, getting dirty, falling on our faces and enjoying life by the help and society of these children. I will never forget the love and compassion that they all shared with each other and the amount of love that they shared with us despite the fact that we were odd strangers.

Friendship is an element of life that exists when one chooses it. It doesn’t happen by chance or by coincidence. Friendship is the foundation for any relationship no matter what kind, and I will now forever value all of the great people that I have ever welcomed into my life far more than I have before. Friendship is what makes someone commit an act of bravery; it is what makes one decide to do something about the problems within his community. It is what shapes the minds of fraternity men who go on to shape the world. Friendship, though often taken for granted, exists not between computers or between phones, but between people. Friendship is God’s gift to humanity and without it we are nothing.

Brother Joel Vega (left), Leo (middle) and myself (right)

Sound Learning

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” – John F. Kennedy

Throughout our trip, we were treated with incredible hospitality by some of the most compassionate people that I have ever met. We stayed in a missionary camp that was founded in order to host travelers who went to Honduras with the plans of helping to better the surrounding communities. One of the people who I grew closest with was Leo. Leo is a native of Nicaragua and traveled to Honduras to follow his brother who is a pastor. Leo has been serving with the missionary for five years and told me that if he didn’t have necessities in life, he would do his work for the mission for free. Though born in a less fortunate family, Leo went to Honduras with a plan to better himself in order to enable himself to help others. Throughout his five years in Honduras, Leo has managed to learn English, attend a university, start a business, become a leader in many communities in Honduras, start a family and become one of the most faithful employees of Heart for Honduras. In my eyes, Leo greatly exemplified our cardinal principle of sound learning through his diligent work in bettering himself as a person through persistently seeking knowledge. In college, we are often taught what to think and seldom how to think. It is only a small percentage of the college population that chooses to pursue the ability to think efficiently rather than accepting what they are told to think. In a way, Leo fought the same battles that we do but on a different level. Everywhere around Leo, there are people struggling, hurting and often giving in to the challenges of life. Leo, however, chose a different path for himself and although he struggled far more than the average person, he never lost sight of his path and he finally created a life for both himself and for others.

In life, we need to accept where we are and learn to move forward. Oftentimes, we let the biggest opportunities pass us by and we allow the most insignificant things to get in our way. Those who never lose sight of their path are the ones who arrive at their destination. Sound Learning is about everything that happens outside of classroom. It is about what we do to seek out a high standard of mental culture no matter what area of study we come. We need to always remember to be mindful of what we accept into our minds as individuals and to always remember to pay our blessings forward. Like Leo, we should love what we do so much that if we could, we would do it for free.

Abigail

Moral Rectitude

“Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.” – Thomas Aquinas

On the sixth day of our trip, we had the pleasure of visiting an orphanage in San Pedro Sula, one of the world’s most dangerous cities. This orphanage housed children of all ages, most of whom needed medical attention. Children who lived in the orphanage were children who were left behind by their parents for one reason or another. In my eyes, it is a calamity that I child can go unloved by their parents.

Upon entering this orphanage, within a few seconds, children were jumping all over us asking us to pick them up and to hold them. They called us, ‘Tio,” which literally translates to, “Uncle,” but in the Honduran culture is used as a term of endearment. These children had so much energy that many of us were tired before they were. We played soccer, showed them things of ours, took pictures, offered a hand in the nursery and had conversations with the more timid children. One child I will never forget was Abigail. Abigail is 10 years old and is dying of leukemia. When she was 8 years old, Abigail’s right leg was amputated and she is now forever confined to crutches when she walks. At merely 10 years old, Abigail was already the sweetest and most loving young lady I had ever met. She complimented me on my smile, asked questions about my American education, told me something about each of the children in the nursery and even teased me about my Spanish being terrible. Abigail went on to tell me that her medical condition can only hold her back if she lets it and that she would never let that happen. Abigail’s smile will forever be a memory that I recall when my life seems to come to a halt.

One of the most surprising discoveries I made at the orphanage was the amount of pay for the nurses that run it. Nurses who work at the orphanage, though nationally certified and fully educated, are paid no more than a few thousand dollars a year. I wondered to myself, if a degree in nursing is extremely difficult to attain in a country like Honduras, why would one choose to pursue a career in nursing knowing that the pay is not logical? To my humble surprise, these women told us that if they did not care for these children, who would? If they had not done what ought to be done, then no one would have.

That evening, we visited to a local children’s program that was headed by a Honduran pastor who has dedicated his life to helping children escape the shackles of poverty through providing education and opportunity. Pastor Francisco Huete was one of the most compassionate men I’d met throughout the whole trip and his dedication to both his faith and the children of Honduras was incredibly inspiring. “Pastor Freddy,” as he told us to call him, gave us a tour of his facility and acquainted us with the program. He explained that international donors from all over the world fund the program and all money received goes towards funding educational programs, leadership development opportunities, sports, books and basic living needs for over 30 children. 15 children, Pastor Freddy informed us, currently still need sponsors and cannot be included in the program until they are found sponsors. “You, my son, will change the lives of one of these children when you get home,” he told me as he put his arm around me and looked me straight in the eye. I am currently in the process of applying to become a sponsor.

Before the trip, I thought I knew how meaningful Robert Morrison’s philosophy was. “To do what ought to be done but would not have been done unless I did it,” is a philosophy that we as members of Phi Delta Theta constantly hear in our minds throughout our everyday lives. Until I had seen it in action in a place like Honduras, I never realized how important it really was. In a place that is home to the world’s most dangerous cities, there still exist brave men and women who strive to do what ought to be done everyday. Though it is difficult and though it called for major sacrifices, the men and women I met on my trip lived this philosophy without question. Everyday, whether it be with a group project, a chapter meeting, a community service group or our own families, we always wait for someone else to step up to the plate and make something happen. We always assume that there is someone else to fill a position that needs to be filled or that there is someone else who will be willing to take up a responsibility. However, I am very sure that those who have made the biggest impact in history were the ones who did what ought to be done. The reality of life is that sometimes that person is not there and sometimes that person does not show up. We, as men of Phi Delta Theta, need to be that person who people can count on. When people assume that someone will fill a position, because they will, we need to be that man. When people are lost and need a leader to show them the light, we need to be that man. When there is calamity all around us with no one brave enough to do something about it, we will be those men who do something about it.

In all ways, in all things that you do and in every moment of your life, live with every single ounce of you because when the time comes to do what ought to be done, the world will look to a leader to get the job done. We are those leaders.

Our day with the children of the orphanage in San Pedro Sula

First World Problems

By Adam Davis, Butler University

Traveling to Honduras with twelve Phi Delts from around the United States and Canada to serve the people of Honduras was definitely the experience of a lifetime.  I knew from the minute my plane landed in Miami and my brothers whom I’ve never met before greeted me that this was going to be a trip unlike any I had ever experienced before.  Being a part of the same great organization that is Phi Delta Theta helped us to form strong bonds of friendships within the short time we spent together.

My favorite part of the trip was being able to share in our nightly ritual and see that although we are all from different parts of the country and different walks of life we are all able to live the ritual in our daily lives.  Each night, we would spend hours reflecting on our days and the different observations we each made.  We would share stories and our realizations of our “first world problems” and we would take the time to evaluate our own values.

I will never forget the friendships that I made that week abroad, and the impact that we had on the native people of Honduras.  I challenge every Phi Delt to experience some sort of service immersion trip sometime in his life.

My Trip to Honduras

By Ernie Chan

I’m on the plane home, and it’s time for me to look back at my week and reflect on what has been a whirlwind of a trip. Now that everything has slowed down, I’ve been able to look over our itinerary again and think of all that we did and accomplished. In a way, this week has gone by in the blink of an eye, but in another, it really felt like a long seven days.

There are many cultural differences living everyday in a country like Honduras as compared to Canada. One of the biggest things about this trip for me was the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone. Whether it was trying to communicate in a Spanish-speaking country, navigating myself through an incredibly crowded football stadium, or doing physical labor in the heat of the Honduran mountains, it was important for me to embrace these new experiences and experience life outside my normal boundaries.

From the time that we touched down on the ground, I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the country of Honduras. The vast landscapes and rolling mountains provided for an incredible backdrop, and some of the scenic vistas were almost surreal. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was not on a week-long vacation. I had never been to an area of the world like this before, only having seen programs on television and read about communities living in poverty. Being immersed in this environment really floored me, and I saw many things that my eyes were not used to seeing. I realize how lucky and privileged that I have been throughout my lifetime, and I must remind myself to always be thankful and appreciative for everything that I have. That being said, although some individuals in Honduras may not have the same monetary wealth or social opportunities as we do in North America, I realized they are able to live lives just as happy and fulfilling as ours due to the value they place on their relationships, their work, and their faith.

This trip has really made me look at everything around me in a different light, and has made me aware of how important perspective is in the grand scheme of life. Many things that we face are actually quite simple and straightforward, it’s the perspectives that are taken on them that make everybody’s experience different. There are many situations and instances where we don’t completely understand what others are thinking or feeling until we are thrown into their shoes. When we are able to evaluate our own perspectives carefully and critically while comparing them to the perspectives of others, we gain a greater appreciation for what the world can offer us and how we can work together to achieve the best outcomes for everyone involved.

In order to understand our purpose as members of society, we have to look at the fundamental tenets upon which communities are built. Going on this trip and immersing myself in the local culture really helped me break down the many components that keep this machine rolling, and think of ways that we can bring forward positive social change. We are all built as citizens of the earth, and it is important for us to collaborate in working towards common goals and purposes. As individuals, we must have a properly developed sense of self and carry out our actions in a way that is congruent with our ideals. Making the world a better place starts with the simple idea of making a commitment to ourselves, and our communities. The opportunity to serve has been provided to us on this trip, but I think the more valuable part of this equation that I am leaving with is the understanding of the reasons why we served.

I’ve got a lot of people to thank for making this past week the incredible experience that it was. I’m going to start with everyone who supported me with donations and words of encouragement in the days and months leading up to the trip. I simply couldn’t have gone on this trip without your support, and I can’t thank you enough for providing me with the opportunity to be a part of this experience. I want to thank the ministry staff that we worked with while on the ground in Honduras: German, Leo, Eric and Alberto all played a large role in helping us through the week, and did a great job of making us feel at home while in Canchias. I want to thank Mark Koepsell and Luke Benfield, who did an amazing job of facilitating our trip, and the 10 brothers from across America that joined me on the trip: Gabe, Joel, Adam, Dennis, Wabha, Leggett, Fabian, Chris, Andrew and Henkel – you are all such awesome dudes and I’m glad to have served with you guys. We had some great conversations, shared more than a few laughs, and put in some pretty hard work this week. I’m going to miss you guys, but I’m sure we will cross paths again at one point or another. Last but not least, I want to thank the people and the land of Honduras for opening my eyes to a side of the world I had never seen. I will never forget the memories I made or the lessons I have learned.

I’m very proud to have served as a pioneer on this first Phi Delt Service immersion trip, and I hope that we have paved the way for more brothers to serve in the future. When I joined the fraternity, I had very little idea of the opportunities that Phi Delta Theta would provide me, and this trip really proved to me that I am a member of the greatest organization in the world. I say this phrase with great regularity, but in no way does the frequency make the statement less meaningful: I’m Proud to be a Phi.

All in all, I am coming out of this week with a much different mindset from which I entered. My reasons for coming on this trip were of good intentions, but the trip itself uncovered my true purpose and showed me what service immersion is all about. I came into the trip looking to help those in need, and ended up receiving back just as much as I was able to provide. I did much more than put up a roof or dig a trench – through immersing ourselves in the local culture and having in-depth discussion with my fraternity brothers, I learned a lot about myself, the people, and the world around me. Most importantly, I placed myself in a constant state of exploration, discovering how my fraternal values can be applied to make the world around me a better place.

Ernie is currently a member of the Nova Scotia Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta and will be going into his senior year at Dalhousie University.

(Phi Delt service immersion attendees at Pulhapanzak Waterfalls in Honduras)

Serving My Community – Serving My Fraternity – Serving My Country

By SPC Lawrence “Paul” Darkangelo Jr.

Tennessee Delta Chapter President Paul Darkangelo (Tennessee Tech ’13), has been selected by a distinguished group of Phi Delta Theta alumni with military service, to be one of four members of the wreath laying party when Phi Delta Theta lays a memorial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on July 5, 2012 during the Fraternity’s 79th Biennial Convention.

When thinking of the service I and my fellow brothers do for our community, Fraternity and most of all our Country, it’s hard to separate the three.  It doesn’t matter if I have on my SGA Senator cloths, my Fraternity Badge, or my Army uniform, when you’re serving one you’re also serving the others as well. Being a soldier in the Tennessee Army National Guard is not a job to me. Many people say “oh well that’s your job or that’s your occupation” but the truth is, it isn’t at all. That’s just my way of giving back to my community, Fraternity, and most of all this great country!

Giving to your community  can be a very simple thing. Some people think that you have to do something big and dramatic in order for it to be considered service of any kind.  In reality it can be something that only affects only one person or a very small group of people. I have done community service projects from simply installing a neighbor’s mail box to building a whole house with Habitat for Humanity on a smaller scale and projects that affect a whole city or entire state. It doesn’t matter how big or small the service is,  all that matters is that you take the stand and give back. Being an Eagle Scout and growing up in the Scouting environment, we were always doing little service projects here and there. That’s where I really learned what it means to give back.

Being in a fraternity can really teach an individual what it really means to give back in either community service or service to your country, especially Phi Delta Theta!  I’ve met countless Phi Delt brothers in my short military career already, and there’s no telling how many I will meet in the future! Being a part of Phi Delt in not just a social thing, it’s not only a group of friends, it’s a family of brothers.  I know that I can count on every single one of my brothers to help out with whatever life throws at me and that one of the best things about service to your fraternity is the service you can count on between each other! Recently, I turned in my paperwork volunteering for my first deployment to Afghanistan. I was discussing this with one of my brothers and found out that he too had applied to the same deployment. There would be no one in the world that I would be more proud to serve my country next to than both a fraternity brother and a brother in arms!

Growing up, I always told my family that I was going to join the military when I get older. Mainly because I liked the old war movies, as every little boy does, but also to follow my grandfathers’ footsteps. My family has a long history with military service in which I am very proud to now be a part of! Throughout my everyday life I’m constantly thinking of ways to better myself, my Fraternity, and my Country and the only way of accomplishing any of these task is through ‘Service to my Community , Service to my Fraternity, and Service to my Country!’

Please Fasten Your Seatbelts And Turn Off All Electronic Devices As The Plane Departs

By Matthew Dempsey

Getting ready to leave Central America after a week of service with the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV), I felt accomplished, yet saddened to see all my new friends go back to their own homes and communities. Fellow participants that I had only known for the past week or so, felt like they were closer to me than some of the friends that I had back at home. Some of the people I met in El Salvador were so authentic and enlightening, that I could feel nothing but satisfaction to know that because of the work of a handful of Greek students, we forever made a difference in their life.

Going on an immersion trip allows you to see another culture in its entirety and compare it to the culture of your own. For a quick example: as a person from the United States, I often called myself an American, and was shocked when a woman from El Salvador also said, “Soy Americana, tambien” translating to, “I’m American, too.” While something we do not think about, the term American can describe anybody from North America, Central America to South America. While this is a small vernacular difference, it made a difference when I told the woman that we were both Americans and acknowledged the flaw in what I had said.

We all have customs that we are comfortable with and deviating from those customs if often difficult or awkward for us. Most of us have friends and family that we are comfortable, and going on an immersion trip truly questions all aspects of our life. After participating in this trip, I can confidently say that I can more easily question the status quo. It helped me think about how I talked with my peers and how I was speaking with people I did not even know. I recognized and learned about the culture I was visiting as well as my own culture. I felt comfortable and encouraged to be myself in a group of peers whether I was being the chirpy morning person, contemplating and reflecting about my day or if I was sick after accidently drinking the water.

Through the amazing and positive times in Central America, I worked with my peers to make a difference in the lives of many. The close-knit feeling of our volunteer community came quicker than anybody could have expected. I shared some of the most personal aspects of my life with the group that I would typically never share with people after four days of knowing them. The connectedness has continued since the end of the trip, as I have been able to call many of the fellow participants to ask them with help in making decisions through my life and they have been able to do the same for me. After the trip, I found myself in an extended layover in Chicago, and asked a fellow participant if she had a place for me to stay and she opened her doors to me without reservation.

Going on an immersion trip was one of the most eye-opening and amazing experiences I could have asked for. It has allowed me to be a better member of my family, brother in my fraternity, friend and student. It has given me comfort to know that there are individuals spread across the United States that I know I could call for help without hesitation. It has motivated me to challenge the status quo and dream of the impossible.

#WHATIF you could help change the world?

#WHATIF you had friends across the country who you knew would always be there for you?

#WHATIF you dreamed the impossible?

Learn about Phi Delta Theta’s Service Immersion Trip to Honduras this Spring.

Matthew Dempsey is a senior education major at the University of Connecticut and a currently serves as the president of his chapter of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He is also a member of the Residence Life Staff at the University of Connecticut.  Matthew participated in the AFLV Immersion Trip to El Salvador in January 2011.

Make a Difference Today: The Power of Grassroots Fundraising

By Laurel Rosenthal of The ALS Association

Grassroots fundraising is one of the most effective methods used to raise donations for a cause.  Driven by a community, it is a movement that is orchestrated often locally by volunteers and community organizers.  Though it is frequently referenced in context of a political movement, grassroots fundraising is used widely among non-profit organizations to move their mission forward.  The intended objective is to raise funds, yet grassroots campaigns bring so much more to the mission at hand. It generates awareness for the cause and advocates for the change that is needed to accomplish the goals of the organization.

What makes grassroots events so unique and effective is that anyone, anywhere, at anytime can organize a campaign to make an impact in the cause they support.  Participants of these events are not only encourage to get involved in the actual events, but also to invite as many people possible to give donations, whether they may be large or small amounts.  Even though donations contributed from grassroots fundraising are smaller than other fundraising strategies, they become significantly more impactful because a greater number of people are involved in raising the money needed.

The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity has experienced phenomenal success in using the grassroots fundraising method to generate funds to support its mission and the mission of The ALS Association.  Through the Iron Phi campaign, Phi Delta Theta members have utilized and organized athletic events to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease and to support the values and traditions of the brotherhood.  Over the past few years, hundreds of  Phi Delta Thetas have created Iron Phi events that have raised thousands of dollars for the fraternity and The ALS Association.  Additionally, numerous Phi Delta Theta Chapters utilized The ALS Association’s grassroots fundraising website, One Dollar Difference to organize local events at universities, that have this year raised over $20,000.

Getting involved in grassroots fundraising is easy to get started!  Create a plan of what you would like to accomplish.  If you would like to get involved in an existing event, you can search the Iron Phi website to find local events near you.  The other alternative is to create an event in your local community.  Make sure to plan ahead of time, by deciding the type of event you would like to create, determine a fundraising goal, and if you will need any volunteer support.  Once the strategy is in place and the event is formed, solicit supporters to get involved, whether it may be through the local community, fraternity brothers, friends, and/or family.  With the incredible connectivity of the Internet, you can easily generate success by sending emails, blogging, connecting with social media networks and fundraising online.

Whether you are a college student strengthening your local Phi Delta Theta Chapter or an alumus looking to continue the mission of the Fraternity, you can make a tremendous impact through a grassroots fundraising campaign.  Hundreds of Phi Delta Thetas have triumphantly driven the mission and vision of the Fraternity forward to greater levels.  You can continue this success by getting involved in a grassroots fundraising campaign.

Laurel Rosenthal is the Online Marketing and Communication Manager for The ALS Association.  Laurel Rosenthal has worked with The ALS Association for over 5 years, focusing on event fundraising and online marketing.  She began her tenure at The ALS Association developing the Walk to Defeat ALS online fundraising tools and materials, which has contributed to the great success of the program that raises over $20 million.  Recently, she has helped create One Dollar Difference, an online platform to make grassroots fundraising available nationwide for supports of The ALS Association.  Laurel is a graduate at Miami University.

Remembering My Father, Who Lost His Battle With ALS

My dad, John Cornick, was a very proud Phi Delta Theta at UNC- Chapel Hill. He deeply valued the friendships he made within the Fraternity and years after he graduated from UNC, especially in the past few years when he was battling ALS. He was diagnosed with ALS in June of 2009 and fought an extremely courageous battle until May of 2011.  As the disease took its toll, I was blown away by the way his fraternity brothers constantly surrounded him and encouraged him through visits, emails and phone calls.

When I arrived at UNC Chapel Hill as a freshman, I learned that Phi Delta Theta’s national philanthropy is the ALS Association and the Phi Delts were planning on having a philanthropic event to support it. Around the same time, I had joined Kappa Delta Sorority and met my now, very dear friend, Ally, whose dad also battled the disease.  I also learned about a former Kappa Delta at UNC whose mother had the disease as well. After getting to know Ally, and learning about the very close and personal connection that Kappa Delta has to ALS, it was obvious that KD should join forces with Phi Delt to make this event happen.

We saw this as an incredible opportunity to raise awareness for this disease, as well as funds for research and care for ALS patients. It was amazing to see how the members of Phi Delt and Kappa Delta instantly stepped up and volunteered their time and talents to making this event a huge success.  On April 8, 2011, KD and Phi Delt hosted their inaugural Cookout to Knockout ALS on the lawn of the Phi Delt house. Over 600 people, including the UNC Chapel Hill community, family and friends, enjoyed the delicious barbeque, burgers and hotdogs prepared by John Jenkins, Phi Delt’s very own chef.   Attendees also enjoyed socializing and listening to the Fabulous Kays play many beach music hits. With many generous donations, we raised over $25,000 that went to the North Carolina Catfish Hunter chapter of The ALS Association. The greatest and most priceless part of it all was my dad’s ability to gain enough strength to come to the cookout. My dad was able to physically be on the lawn of the house where he created his greatest college memories.  His favorite “Famous Phi” brothers swarmed him with love and support at one time and showed him that they and the rest of the Chapel Hill community would continue to fight the disease on this earth after he is no longer with us.

Even though my dad will not be at the 2nd annual Cookout to Knockout ALS in April of 2012, he will be able to look down from heaven and see the Chapel Hill community honoring his legacy and rallying around the cause for a world without ALS.

Macon Cornick grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended Saint Mary’s School. She is now a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill, studying exercise and sports science and is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She is very thankful for the UNC Phi Delta Theta community and the enthusiasm shown by the alumni and current brothers to help fight ALS, a cause that is very close to her heart.