John T. Warren Walk-A-Thon

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Mission
The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are the Fraternity’s most valuable resource and strength. They are the primary means by which the Phi Beta Sigma objectives will be achieved. In order to accomplish the Fraternity’s objectives, it is essential that systems are instituted that effectively embody “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity” and promote brotherhood, scholarship and service.

The Delta Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma at Southern Illinois University at Carbodale (SIUC) embodies our national mission. We are fortune as men to be in a position to raise awareness, to educate and provide a service to both our campus community as well as our local community. Cancer is a disease that alters the lives of so many people daily across race and class. We hope you support this event. All money collected from the John T. Warren Walk-A-Thon is donated towards promoting Esophageal Cancer Education. Please donate.

Gina Warren, wife of John Warren, will continue the work started last year with the Walk-a-Thon and have the Second Annual Event on April 20th in the parking lot at Pulliam Hall on the campus of SIU in Carbondale IL.

This year’s event will be expanded to include various speakers, and it will include a barbecue. All efforts are being made to get other organizations involved in this event..

Gina Warren Wrote:

27 days.  Less than one month.  That is how long John T. Warren’s battle with cancer lasted.  In 27 days time esophageal cancer stole from this world a marvelous and loyal husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.  It stole a brilliant scholar, teacher, author, mentor, and human rights advocate.  It stole from me a form of love and laughter that I will never again know, and left me in return wondering how any of this came to pass.  How is it possible that a healthy, 36 year old man can be diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer when the only symptom he ever experienced was acid reflux?  And why didn’t I force him to have an endoscopy seven years ago when our family physician first recommended it?  Because we mistakenly thought that a 36 year old man who ran six miles per day, six days a week was healthy, and that his health and the miracles of modern medicine could see him through cancer or any other physical ailment that came his way.  But John never got the chance to have any treatment.  He died two days prior to his scheduled chemotherapy.  He left me, our 3 year old and five year old sons, and the rest of the world wondering what had happened…….and wishing we could only have had more time with him.

Total Donations To Date $ 10,100.00

 

The Foundation received its 501(c) (3) IRS designation as a charitable organization and therefore making the donations that it receives fully tax deductible to the donor.

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