HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Marketing students at Southern Miss are helping a national foundation fight a debilitating disease. Saturday, the USM chapter of the American Marketing Association hosted the first "Pancakes for Parkinson's" event during tailgating activities on the campus. Students, professors and even Seymour, the Golden Eagles mascot, pitched in to flip flapjacks to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
That organization has raised millions of dollars to help find a cure for Parkinson's Disease.
"We wanted something for the students to come together, American Marketing Association, get hands-on experience and this is a way for us to get out and meet people in the community," said Melissa Lindsey, president of the USM chapter of the American Marketing Association.
"We call it service learning, when students do something for the community and learn at the same time...and because they're marketing students, putting on an event which is a promotional event and doing advertisements for it and running it is good training for them, too," said Dr. Leisa Flynn, Chair of the Marketing/Fashion Merchandising Dept. at Southern Miss.
Dr. Flynn's husband has been living with Parkinson's Disease for 22 years.