Union University’s Kappa Delta Pi Team Participates in Race for the Cure
November 7, 2011 - Faculty, staff and students from Union University’s Germantown, TN campus walked and ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 29, 2011. The local race offered participants the opportunity to take part in a 5K co-ed run/walk or a one-mile family fun walk. Union’s team demonstrated involvement in both opportunities. Aside from being an opportunity for Germantown’s Kappa Delta Pi team to show support for the local community, the event also provided occasion for relationship building between the university’s faculty, staff and students. This year’s event was especially meaningful to the Germantown campus, as Associate Professor of Education, Dr. Nancy Easley, is currently making a successful personal fight against cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2011, but has maintained a very positive and cheerful attitude despite the diagnosis. Easley is grateful for the support demonstrated by Union’s faculty, staff and students, as she realizes the impact the Race for the Cure can have in its efforts to fight cancer. To this end, Dr. Easley states, “Union University Germantown has a rich history of investing in improving the community. Our participation in the Race for the Cure extends our service to the community beyond the classroom and into the future. The Race for the Cure and the monies that advance research keep the cure rate improving. Five years ago a drug I needed to prevent recurrence was not even available.” Since being diagnosed, Easley says that she has been through surgery, chemotherapy, and is currently undergoing radiation. She says that she feels, “blessed to have time to invest in getting well” and is appreciative of the “support of many prayer warriors.”
The race day was organized by the Memphis-Midsouth chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The involvement of Union’s Kappa Delta Pi/School of Education team demonstrated a small way in which the faculty, staff, and students at Union are giving back to the local community. For more information about the Memphis-Midsouth chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, please visit: http://www.komenmemphis.org/ .