Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2007

Young leaders working for a cure

June 7, 2007

I recently traveled with the Eta Gamma Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa from Coffeyville Community College to an international convention in Nashville, Tenn. A phenomenal group of about 4,000 people attended the convention. They were there to celebrate the group's achievements as an organization from two-year community colleges. This group of honor society students all had grade-point averages of 3.5 or better.

We should be proud of the accomplishments of the privileged students who are members of this group. They will one day be running our country and making it stronger. Coffeyville Community College should be honoring these students who represent their school and have made the community proud. At the convention they were honored and received seven awards recognizing their achievements and they ranked third at the international convention, an outstanding achievement. The students have worked extra hours to make these awards reality for themselves, their honor society and their school. They deserve more than a pat on the back.

I would be remiss in not mentioning that one of these awards was given to their advisor, Linda McFate. Her untiring energy and devotion to the program and students is a delight to see. With her direction, there is mutual respect and desire to achieve within the group.

My connection with this group occurred through one of its service projects, in this case the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Helping to fight for a cure for cancer is remarkable. I had the pleasure of speaking with them on behalf of my daughter, a childhood cancer victim at the age of 15. She was a strong advocate for the Relay for Life during the 5? years she battled cancer. To date, this group of young people worldwide has raised $2 million, making the organization the largest donor to the Relay For Life. They have accomplished this in only four years.

Again, accolades to these young adults. It is my pleasure to be associated with this group, guided by Linda McFate and Pam Howe. I sincerely hope you will take the time to become involved with them. You will be rewarded and become a better person for it. The rewards are great.

Sincerely yours for the "cure,"
Judi O'Grady
Kansas Team Leader
CureSearch/National Childhood Cancer Foundation
Brooke O'Grady Foundation Founder

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