Phi Sigma Sigma hosts 24-hour Rock-A-Thon

Neliana Ferraro

Families visiting for Parents, Family and Alumni Weekend were able to see a unique sight: 28 students in rocking chairs.


[media-credit name=”Katie O'Brien” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]Phi Sigma Sigma hosted “Rock-A-Thon” last weekend to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. The fundraiser started on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. and lasted for 24 hours at Burt Kahn Court and outside the Recreation Center.

The sorority started planning the event last spring. People who attended “Rock-A-Thon”could participate in several activities, such as dodgeball, karaoke and Zumba. There was also a dance party at midnight. A DJ played throughout the day and food was available.

Representatives from Different organizations brought their rocking chairs for members to rock in to show their support for the cause. Many of the rocking chairs were hand-decorated for the occasion. Some of the rockers had colorful blankets to keep warm while the event was outdoors.

Knights of Columbus representative Kristen Daniels said she came to “Rock-A-Thon” to support her friends and people with dialysis, a procedure where blood in the body is filtered artificially, which is normally a job done by a person’s kidney.

The rocking chairs symbolize when patients are on dialysis and they have to sit for long periods of time, senior Phi Sigma Sigma sister Jen Collins said.

Phi Sigma Sigma sister Shannon Savage, who was the co-chair for the event, said rocking comforts patients and keeps their blood circulating.

The National Kidney Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to prevent kidney disease and make more kidneys available to those who need them. They also help support families that have been affected by kidney disease.

The total funds will be announced next week.