HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
Since its founding nearly 30 years ago, the Zeta Chi chapter of Delta Tau Delta at The University of Southern Mississippi has raised approximately half a million dollars to fight Cystic Fibrosis. That tradition continues Saturday, March 28 when the fraternity hosts its annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Run for Breath 5K Run/Walk.
The event , which is also being supported by Chi Omega sorority, will start at 9 a.m. in front of the Southern Miss Payne Center. On-site registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top two contestants in each age category and overall male and female winners. Event T-shirts will be provided to all participants. A silent auction and T-shirt sales will be available to the public. Donations can be made atwww.hattiesburgrun4breath.passioncff.org.
Cystic fibrosis affects the lungs and digestive system due to an inherited gene defective gene and its protein product. The disease causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas, preventing natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
Founding chapter president Steve Richards and current Delta Tau Delta member Jonathan Lawler, a junior from Petal, Miss., have cystic fibrosis. Both have been involved in the coordination and promotion of Saturday's event.
"This philanthropy is close to our heart because of how long we've been involved with it and the people in our fraternity who have been affected," said Delta Tau Delta President Ryan Lehman, a junior from Covington, La. "We give everything we've got to this."
Kris Mangum, president of Magnolia State Bank in Petal, Miss. will serve as Celebrity Grand Marshal for the event. A former assistant football coach at Southern Miss, Mangum was a star tight end for the University of Mississippi and played 10 years for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, helping lead his team to the 2003 Super Bowl.
Mangum said he's looking forward to helping the fraternity make the event a success. "We hope to raise lots of money to fight Cystic Fibrosis and help improve the quality of life for those battling the disease," Mangum said.