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Published on April 19th, 2017 | by Ryan Sullivan


Then And Now: A Sigma Chi Derby Days

Last year, the Sigma Chi chapter at Florida Southern learned their brother Patrick Wilson had been diagnosed with cancer.

However, the tragic news led the fraternity to rally together during their annual philanthropy week, known on campus as Derby Days, which raises money for cancer research. Alumni and undergraduates all teamed up as Wilson began losing his hair from chemotherapy. The brothers put a price on their heads, literally.

Students lined up to shave heads and help the brothers go bald with Patrick at $20 a head. Sigma Chi alumni even bid for dollar amounts on heads, one brother donating $1000 for his haircut.

This year Patrick was told he is officially cancer free, and the brothers celebrated by having another week of raising money toward the same cause.


(Patty before his cancer diagnoses)


(Brothers shave their heads bald for $20 per head)

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(Patrick shaves an alumni’s head for $1000)


(This year Sigma Chi raised even more money toward cancer research with another Derby Days week, the main event being a hot-dog eating contest.)


This story was produced for COM 4300 News Media Projects. Any comments regarding this story can be directed to the course instructor, Beth Bradford (

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