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Takin' a walk for a good cause: Sigma Phi Epsilon stomps out stigma with first annual 'Stride and Ride' fundraiser
Kimberly Gerdes
Antelope Staff
Photo by Kimberly Gerdes
Participants check in to the first Stride and Ride event held by Sigma Phi Epsilon. Proceeds are sent to children with muscular dystrophy to attend Camp Comeca in Cozad.
Photo by Kimberly Gerdes
Sigma Phi Epsilon held their first Stride and Ride event on campus to help victims of muscular dystrophy.

Walking down the sidewalk of campus is a daily task for all UNK students, and at times they may complain about the distance from parking or the weather and loathe walking to class in the rain or snow. But maybe they take walking for granted.

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a disease that causes muscle weakness, lack of coordination and progressively causes crippling.  For children and young adults with MD, this means not being able to walk.  

Friday night,  the members of Sigma Phi Epsilon held their first Stride and Ride event on campus to help victims of MD. The Muscular Dystrophy Association Stride and Ride event is held in communities across the country.  

The proceeds raised at the Kearney event will be used to send children with MD to Camp Comeca in Cozad, and Sigma Phi Epsilon was happy to find such a good cause with local ties.

"I spent time calling around to different organizations and hearing about their programs. I liked MDA because they kept all of the proceeds local," said Kyle McBride, Kearney sophomore sports administration major and Sigma Phi Epsilon vice president of programming. "This is the first year we're doing this event, and we were hoping for a good turnout.  All of the proceeds came from donations and sponsorships," McBride said.  

"The MDA is a great organization that helps local children. The event raised awareness about the disease and started a new link between the group and the students. We wanted to help the organization out as much as possible," McBride said.

The night included raffle prizes, awards, donations and a walk-a-thon with area MD patients.  About 100 people at the event raised $5,000 for the MDA.

The groups participating walked with local MD patients and talked with parents and other people affected by MD.  "It was a successful event, and we will be putting it on again in the future," McBride said.

Members of the Alpha Omicron Pi group won the Golden Shoe award, which was given to the group with the most participants. The group participated in the event because they wanted to help raise money for a good cause and help the kids with MD.

Video by Kyle Underwood

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