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Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Rocking for hours to promote breast cancer awareness


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The brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi are rocking in rocking chairs for 50 hours in its annual Rock-A-Thon to raise money for families battling breast cancer.  |  Courtesy of Mitch Cohen

One fraternity has taken to rocking out to help raise breast cancer awareness.

Alpha Epsilon Pi is holding the Rock-a-Thon all week. The event, which raises money through fraternity brothers rocking in a rocking chair for 50 hours a week, has been recognized by nationals, said AEPi President Mitch Cohen.

The fraternity will raise money for Sharsheret, a national nonprofit organization supporting young Jewish women with breast cancer and their families. Cohen said the fraternity’s dedication will not only help raise awareness, but also help in finding a cure.

“We believe rocking in a chair for 50 hours in a week shows our support for finding a cure for breast cancer,” Cohen said. “Some people call us crazy, but we call it dedication.”

This is the second annual Rock-a-Thon hosted by the fraternity. Last year, it raised more than $5,000 for breast cancer awareness. Cohen said it would be a collective effort from the brothers and alumni to support the few strong men able to rock for 50 hours.

“Every year, we dedicate a week of our time to rocking in a chair to support all of those who have been affected by breast cancer,” Cohen said.

The brothers and alumni will be rocking their chairs on campus for the first four days and will close the event at Saint Dane’s Sports Bar in Midtown. Saint Dane’s will also sponsor a crawfish boil for the fraternity. Cohen hopes the University will unite to help raise awareness and donations to find a cure.

“Breast cancer has affected many of our brothers in our chapter, and we felt we should do our part to donate our time, effort and money to support this great cause,” Cohen said.

The brothers will “rock out” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Lynn Eusan Park and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at Butler Plaza.

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