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Group fights breast cancer in memory of classmate

October 08, 2012 12:00AM

L-R: Jessica Gregory, Julie Huston and Alyssa York.

Inspired by the memory of a former classmate, members of Lambda Pi Eta, a communication honor society at Pittsburg State University, are working to raise money to battle breast cancer.

Graduate student Julie Huston, president of the chapter, said the money the group raises will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks in the name of Sarah Burkybile, who graduated from PSU in 2011 and died Aug. 30, 2012, following a five-year battle with the disease.

“When we found out Sarah had died, we all agreed we wanted to do something in her memory,” Huston said.

Huston said the group had already talked about doing something for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it was a natural decision to focus on raising money in memory of their classmate.

The PSU group contacted the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks because Burkybile had been actively involved with the foundation. That organization provided pink “Beacon of Hope” wrist bands for the group to sell, lots of information and t-shirts for the volunteers.

Lambda Pi Eta will sell the bracelets for $1 each in Gorilla Village at the Oct. 6 game against Central Missouri State University and on Homecoming, Oct. 20, vs. Missouri Western. Additionally, the group will staff a table on the PSU Oval on Oct. 8.

Huston said the bracelets will also be available for sale at the Bryant Student Health Center and in the Gorilla Bookstore by Barnes and Noble in the Overman Student Center.

For more information, contact Hustron at

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