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Rock Beats Cancer

Posted on: 06/11/2007

Rock Beats Cancer

Over two years ago my father was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Malforma brain cancer. At the time I was enrolled as a sophomore at Denison University, a small liberal arts college.
After receiving the dreadful phone call from my mom I headed home to help support my father’s fight against the debilitating cancer. Two years later I returned to Denison to finish my education, with my father in a stable condition. During my time away I had undergone many tough times and owed a lot to my fraternity brothers at our Delta Chi chapter for their constant support.
Upon my return to campus I proposed the idea of a fundraiser for brain cancer research at one of our chapter meetings and received a lot of positive feedback; many of my fraternity brothers volunteered to help with the project. We came up with Rock Beats Cancer, a philanthropic tournament of the fun game rock paper scissors (RPS). With its increasing popularity we knew it would be a sure hit, we even managed to get it sanctioned the World RPS society. 
On the night of April 25th 2007, Delta Chi’s first RPS event brought together over a hundred college students in a lively and heated competition. For over two hours rocks crushed scissors, scissors sliced through paper, and paper covered rock. In the end only one victorious winner remained. Hundreds of dollars in prizes were given to the most cunning of competitors. While there only may have been one definite winner (identifiable by his four foot tall golden trophy), everyone joined forces in the fight against brain cancer.
Along with the generous donations of brother’s parents, Rock Beats Cancer ended up raising over one-thousand dollars- which was donated to the Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc. What is more, the Denison Delta Chi chapter approved an annual elected position to hold future tournaments, making the event annual and ensuring that future events continually grow in success. It is my hope that future fundraisers will not only raise money for this noble cause, but also aid in spreading awareness of this ruthless disease. 
It was just recently that brain cancer finally claimed the life of my father, M. Christopher Rac, at the age of 61. He lived a splendid life, helping those in need and fighting the injustices of the world. Growing up I only knew him as my loving father. What he did as a humanitarian, correcting the wrongs of the world, was unknown to me. But now, I can easily identify one grand injustice—the way that brain cancer robbed his family, his friends, and most importantly, the world of his presence. He will be dearly missed.
Matthew Rac

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