The Edmond Sun

September 20, 2013

Sorority marches for skin cancer awareness


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta, in partnership with UCO’s Student Programming Board and Panhellenic Council, will honor the memory of their late sister, Madison Watts, or “Maddy,” with Maddy’s March, a memorial rally and march. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alpha Gamma Delta house, 425 N. Jackson St. in Edmond, west of the main campus.

Watts lost her battle with stage four metastatic melanoma, a form of skin cancer, on May 27. She was diagnosed in September 2012, just weeks into her freshman year at Central.

Maddy’s March will begin with a memorial rally and balloon release and continue on to UCO’s Wantland Stadium for the UCO tailgate and football game. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple — the symbolic color for skin cancer awareness — to demonstrate their support.

“Maddy’s March honors our sister, who not only impacted our house, but our campus and our community,” said Jillian Goodman, Alpha Gamma Delta president and UCO Student Association vice president.

“When the Central community rallied behind Maddy last year, they really rallied behind a woman who they had never met. The success of the campaign truly shows the compassion this campus has for its students, and speaks volumes for our university as a whole.”

Central’s Alpha Gamma Delta chapter raised more than $30,000 for Watts’ cancer treatment and melanoma awareness in 2012. The sorority plans to continue to raise both awareness and funds for melanoma. For more information, contact Goodman at 209-9883 or jilliangoodman@me.com.