Sorority Gives Back to Cancer Patients

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CLEVELAND — Members of John Carroll University’s Kappa Delta sorority reached out to patients battling cancer Friday.

Five Kappa Delta sorority members delivered ‘chemo care packages’ to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute.

The sorority raised the money for the packages through its event, ‘Take a Heart, Give a Heart,” where they handed out chocolate covered brownies in exchange for donations.

Junior Sara Schoonmaker said the John Carroll community was very receptive.

“When we were in the atrium collecting money and giving out the brownies, people were like, ‘I’m just going to donate money, this is a really great cause’ or ‘this is something I haven’t seen yet.”

Kappa Delta then used the funds to stuff bags full of fuzzy socks, lotion, lip balm, journals — anything to provide comfort to the patients in their fight.

“They asked me for the future what they could put in the bag that would be most helpful for us,” said patient Pamela White. “I said it really didn’t matter what was in it, it was just the thought itself, it’s overwhelming.”

The sisters said their sorority had been affected by cancer and they wanted to give back to those going through treatment.