Here at the BMS Graduate Program, it is not just professors who make the headlines. Last week it was announced that our own Johannes Fahrmann, a Ph.D. candidate and Vice-President of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Organization (GSO), organized an event that raised nearly $18,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The event, “GRΣΣKS AGAINST CANCER,” was a coordinated effort between Marshall’s Relay-For-Life, the GSO and the Marshall Greek Community. It was one of the biggest collaborative efforts ever to take place between Marshall University student organizations to raise money for a local charity.
More than 600 Marshall students were involved, and Johannes hopes that the media exposure this event receives will help motivate others to join the fight against cancer.
The funds will be used at the local level to fund future research projects and to assist with patient care. The majority of the money will stay in Huntington and also benefit the surrounding counties.
In addition to serving as Vice-President of the GSO, Johannes is currently the Community Service and Philanthropy Alumni Advisor for Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. He has been a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity since 2005 and held numerous positions in the organization. He has also served as president of Marshall University’s Relay-For-Life and still actively participates in the organization’s local functions.
The event is Johannes’s brainchild and something that he has wanted to do for a long time. He originally pitched the idea to the Greek advisors at Marshall and then brought the idea to the entire Greek Community. The competition kicked off February 8th and ran for two months. The winning fundraising team received a flat screen TV donated by the GSO.
At the culmination of the event, Johannes said, “When I originally presented this idea, I would have never imagined that it would have been so successful. Today we, the Greek Community, showed our loved ones and friends who have had or are currently battling cancer that we will fight by their side, that we will fight cancer and that we will win! I am forever grateful to the Greek Community and participating parties. This was truly a powerful statement on behalf of the Greek Community and Marshall University.”