Presbyterian College’s Sigma Nu fraternity is in the midst of a fundraiser to help friend and classmate Haley Hughes, a PC senior who is battling a rare form of cancer.
The fraternity began its fundraising efforts for Hughes several weeks ago with a goal of $6,000. As of Tuesday that goal was almost met with a campus kickball tournament planned for Friday and Saturday still scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. each day.
The hope now is to raise as much as $15,000 through the tournament, t-shirt sales and an online CrowdSource page.
“We wanted to do something that the students would be invested in instead of just a normal fundraiser,” said Andrew Kyzer, a PC senior and tri-chair of Sigma Nu’s philanthropy committee.
Hughes is receiving treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma at the Medical University of South Carolina, and her family is staying in Charleston as much as possible for her. The funds Sigma Nu and other individuals and organizations are raising will help offset their mounting expenses.
With rainy weather forecast for Friday and Saturday, the tournament could be postponed. If so, that decision is expected to be made Thursday and a new date will be set.
Kyzer said it has been difficult to be unable to see his friend due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“It’s been tough to watch it and not be able to go and support her in person because of COVID,” he said.