Sorority steps up for sister in need
By Lanita Withers Staff Writer
News & Record
GREENSBORO -- She probably would have been one of the first on the dance floor.
Always willing to hang out or take a spontaneous trip, Anne Blosser's sorority sisters were used to the energy of their bubbly, blond friend.
So they felt the void when the 23-year-old had to withdraw from UNCG last semester to battle a genetic kidney disease.
Saturday, the sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma and other students will shake and shimmy to help raise money for Blosser's treatment and the Kidney Foundation of North Carolina. The sorority has organized the campus's fourth Dance Marathon, a fund-raiser in which participants move and groove for 12 hours.
Committed to helping their friend, sorority members did what they could to help, setting up a table on campus to raise awareness about organ donation and walking together in a event to raise money for kidney disease research.
Meanwhile, sorority members learned that no student group had signed on to plan and organize the 2005 Dance Marathon.
The rooms were booked and ready to go, adviser Lori Pettyjohn said. And the Tri Sigmas were up for the challenge.
"We heard about Dance Marathon and said, 'Let's do it. Let's go all out,' " DeLong said. "She's our sister, she's our friend. Everybody loves Anne."
DeLong is anticipating at least 75 dancers in the fund-raiser, which runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in Cone Ballroom in the Elliott University Center.
A third of the money raised will go to the Kidney Foundation of North Carolina. The rest will go to help Blosser pay her medical costs.
The organizers haven't set a firm fund-raising goal because any amount raised would be a benefit to Blosser's family, DeLong said.