Penguins “Brave the Storm” for Service Partner

On April 22, Gamma Sigma Sigma sisters drove, walked, or rode the bus to Newark High School for Relay for Life. The annual Cancer Walk in memory and support of 3.5 million cancer survivors, patients, advocates, volunteers, caregivers, and researchers world-wide began with Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt who walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, in May 1985.

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Gordy Klatt with two of his colleagues.

“Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer.”

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To find a Relay near you, click here and enter your zip code: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=relay_find_event

To donate to Relay, click here: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=relay_donate_now

This year, The GSS Team raised $2,420.55. UD raised a total of $15,433.02 for one of our National Service Partners, the American Cancer Society. Our Relay for Life reps, Melissa Langer (Beta Lambda) and Nicole Panzitta (Beta Lambda) were extremely proud and thankful for all the ladies who ‘braved the storm’ to Relay! 

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Shivering Sisters huddle together, proudly holding our letters.

Each year, participants can send pictures and memorials to be compiled into a Luminaria Slideshow. Due to the rain and wind, the slideshow was not shown this year at the event, but can be found by clicking the link below.
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Jamie Ahlers (Beta Mu), left, and Alanna Downey (Beta Lambda), right, didn’t let the rain stop them from entering the hula hooping contest! 
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The Beta Gamma team shirt featured a ~Hawaiian~ vibe this year.
Once again, thank you to all who help to make relay a continuous success! 
Remember…“Life isn’t about braving the storm, its about learning to dance in the rain.”
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Sisterhood by the Sea

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Beta Gamma Sisters smile and display the Gamma Sigma Sigma symbol in the Cape Henlopen State Park. 

Last weekend, GSS Beta Gamma Sisters traveled to Cape Henlopen, Delaware for their annual Cape service trip. The overnight service project features fun in the sun and sand along with cleaning cabins for the state park’s summer staff and life gaurds. 

“The Cape trip was some of the most fun I’ve had as a sister in Gamma Sig. I loved spending time with my sisters exploring the park and taking lots of photos on the beach. The service project was also a great way to end the trip! I would definitely go back and do it all over again!” -Jillian Honaker, Beta Mu

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Jillian, Beta Mu (left) pictured on the beach with her little, Cecelia Stoltz, Beta Nu.

“I loved the car ride down, it took about 1.5 hours but it was so much fun to just jam out with my fellow sisters to T. Swift and the Jonas Brothers. While at Cape, one of my favorite things was playing Quelf, a super fun board game that makes you do crazy things! The project was also super fun and it was great to hear the people who work at Cape Henlopen express their gratitude and we were able to see how much we were actually helping them. They are super dependent on volunteers like us and it’s nice to see the impact we can have. The project was super fun and we got to clean up a dorm room for their upcoming summer staff and got 4 hours for it. Overall, it was a fun trip full of bonding and service!” -Jess Jang, president, Beta Iota

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Beta Gamma sisters, once again displaying the GSS hand symbol in front of the house they helped clean! 

“My favorite part of the trip was bonding with so many sisters and going to the beach! We got 4 hours of service for cleaning the dorm. I would definitely go again!” -Nina Davila, Beta Nu

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Nina poses with sister Carolyn Prieto on the surf.

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Thank you for all of your hard work, penguins! We look forward to future trips to the beach!

GSS Women Wild about Finding a Cure

Yesterday, Gamma Sigma Sigma sisters participated in the 11th annual UDance marathon. The Beta Gamma chapter alone raised over $37,000 for childhood cancer research! Here are what some of our sisters had to say about UDance.

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“My favorite part about UDance was spending the entire day with my family and seeing the enthusiasm of all of the sisters/all of UD for such an amazing cause!”- Sydney Hirsch, Beta Nu

 

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“My favorite thing about UDance is spending 12 hours dancing with my amazing sisters for an incredible cause.” -Laura Testa, Beta Lambda

For the past three years, Gamma Sig has had the honor of adopting Morgan, a four year- old cancer survivor. After 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 3 surgeries Morgan was cancer free and has been recently placed in the survivorship program! This year, was Morgan’s third and final UDance. GSS will always be inspired by our amazing hero Morgan.

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“Morgan is the sweetest, silliest, and most fashionable little girl I have ever met! Morgan & her beautiful family have made such an impact on my life and have taught me the importance of keeping a positive attitude always. I will forever be Morgan Kelly Tough.” -Sara Rutch, Beta Iota (UDance Rep 2015-17)

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“…and when the dance is over and the last light is turned off in the Bob, please remember your work is helping a child in a quiet hospital room who is fighting for his or her life.” -Father of B+ Hero Leon

 

Cape Henlopen 2014!

This past weekend, 25 sisters went on a service trip to Cape Henlopen State Park! The trip was both rewarding and super fun, and it was an incredible bonding experience for all of us. Here are some pictures from the weekend!

For our first service project, we painted a Mess Hall on the campground…

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Then, we spread new mulch on a playground (it’s harder than it looks!)…

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And then of course we also relived our childhoods a little…

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Later, we took a trip to the beach at sunset…

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And we had a bonfire with smores…

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And had a weekend full of that gamma love.

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Many thanks to Cape Committee for making this wonderful project a huge success!

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Relay for Life

A way to a cure is out there!
A way to a cure is out there!

Gamma Sigma Sigma has participated in numerous service events regularly, but out of all the service projects I have attended, Relay for Life is one I hold most dear in my heart. So many people are affected by cancer, and this is a great way to support them and their families and to raise money towards research to finding a cure. It was such a great experience because there were so many of us there, over 100 girls came and participated in the walk. When I first arrived at the event, all I could see were masses of adorable Up-themed purple shirts. There was such a great Gamma Sig presence at Relay, and it was so awesome to walk with my fellow sisters. The atmosphere of the event was fun, there was music playing, the walking was very leisurely, and the hot dogs and pizza were also a plus. The memorial and luminaria service at night was touching and moving; it is safe to say I shed a few tears in memory of the lives lost to cancer, as well as many smiles for those who beat cancer and are still alive and well today. Relay for Life was a great event, and even though it did not go on as long as originally planned, there was still a lot of money raised for the event and a lot of fun had because of it. I can’t wait for Relay next year, and for all the fun times and cute pictures to come.