Fast-a-thon to benefit marrow donation program today
Several students across campus will be fasting by forgoing food for most of the day. They are doing so as participants in what is being called a Fast-A-Thon, an event sponsored by the Muslim Student Association in an attempt to raise money and awareness for Be the Match, a national bone marrow donation program.
Participants were asked to buy a $5 ticket and then fast for most of today. All money received will be given directly to Be the Match. Tonight, those who participated will celebrate the end of the fast with a free Mediterranean dinner.
The event has been in the works for about two months. Sophomore Sara Nimer, president of the Muslim Student Association, said, "We were inspired by people who were passionate about this cause and inspired by the cause as well. We wanted to do something that would really have an impact in people's lives. Being able to donate all the money we raise in order to help people seemed perfect for us. "
She praised her "amazing board" that has helped the club become more active on campus this year.
This year's Fast-A-Thon is the first time the organization is working to raise money and awareness for this particular cause.
"We got the idea because we noticed the [Office of Medical Professions Advisement] was trying hard to fund-raise for them as well," Nimer said. "After seeing all the passion everyone had about it and learning more about the amazing cause, we were passionate about helping out as well. It was shocking to us that in order for a person to donate their bone marrow, they actually have to pay about $150. Be the Match helps the person willing to donate to do it for free."
The hope is that the Fast-A-Thon will not only benefit Be the Match, but also the participants. Fasting, Nimer said, "teaches people many valuable lessons that are so important to realize in life."
"Being able to put ourselves in the less fortunate's shoes also makes people more willing to help because they actually are able to understand what they feel like and what they have to go through," Nimer said. "It also teaches us that we shouldn't take anything for granted.
"We have been able to educate a large number of people about this great foundation which is an accomplishment all in itself."
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