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Superstars Continues in Memory of Brother Sandhoe

Superstars Continues in Memory of Brother Sandhoe

April 2, 2003

Dear Brother,

I am writing on the behalf of our active brothers of the Kappa Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa on the topic of Superstars. Superstars was originally founded due to the untimely death of one of our members, Brother Vincent Scott Sandhoe. As many of you know, Brother Sandhoe lost his battle with leukemia in 1984, and ever since we have tried to aid in the treatment of this awful disease.

Over the past eighteen years, we have made donations to the Pennsylvania Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in excess of $375,000. This has been made largely possible through the generous donations made by the families of brothers, canning (the soliciting of money from motorists), door-to-door soliciting, business sponsors, and the sale of raffle tickets. However, in recent years, we have had great difficulty in financing our philanthropy through such methods. A major part of the reason is our appropriation of time to support Dance Marathon, which our entire school endorses and benefits children with cancer. A large split in effort has made it necessary to seek other means for contributions.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help assist in the treatment of leukemia, Hodgkin's lymphoma, myeloma and other blood-related cancers. These diseases will affect approximately 106,000 people next year, killing about half of that number. If you or someone you know would like to help make a difference by making a contribution, you can send checks either to me or directly to the Leukemia Society just be sure to earmark it for Phi Sigma Kappa Superstars. I have included contact information for both at the bottom of this letter.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Hopefully with your help we can continue to combat this terrible disease.

Erik A. Silko
Superstars Chairman
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Mailing Info

Erik Silko
Phi Sigma Kappa
501 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Two Gateway Center, 13 N
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-395-2873; 800-726-2873
Fax: 412-395-2888
Please earmark your contribution for Phi Sigma Kappa Superstars.

Thanks to Matthew Cooley Rose, '85 Superstars Chairman, who kindly offered some additional information regarding the beginning of Superstars:

Phi Sig Superstars was founded prior to brother Sandoe's death. It originally benefited the Edward P. Lunney Fund for leukemia research at the Hershey Medical Center. Edward P. Lunney was a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

After Brother Sandoe's death, Superstars proceeds were directed to a fund in Vincent Scott Sandoe's name. Brother Sandoe actually worked on the Superstars event as a pledge.

During his entire association with Phi Sigma Kappa, Scott never told anyone of his battle with leukemia since childhood. He entered Penn State and pledged Phi Sig knowing the odds of his graduating were stacked against him. He became a brother in December and never made it back for the spring semester - losing his battle with leukemia in January. It was my honor to know Scott.