Kiss Away Cancer

Contributed by: Lambda Kappa Sigma

Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) is a professional organization for women in pharmacy. Founded in 1913, the organization is established in 49 campuses with 38 alumni chapters. Lambda Kappa Sigma provides lifelong opportunities for women in pharmacy. As an organization we offer prospects for professional achievements and personal growth. LKS is not only an organization you are a part of during your time in school, but we sustain these relationships throughout life. We strive to lead with integrity, inspire excellence and impact our community.

The organization is new here at the University of Charleston School Of Pharmacy. As founding members we are trying to establish ourselves and gain awareness as an organization.  In addition, we are promoting our mission of leading with integrity, inspiring excellence, and impacting community.  We are forming relationships with each other that we plan on continuing well beyond graduation. This year, our focus has been impacting community by raising awareness. In October we held events focusing on the awareness of breast cancer, domestic violence, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Our “Kiss Away Cancer” event was held to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen campaign. Through this weeklong event we were able to donate $100 to the foundation.  Additionally, we held a Tweet – A – Thon to raise awareness about breast cancer, with 13 tweets reaching over 200 followers.

Our “Put a Nail in Domestic Violence” event was an easy way for students to support domestic violence awareness. LKS members painted one fingernail purple for students. We painted approximately 40 nails and distributed 10 purple ribbons for students to wear throughout the day. With this event, we provided pamphlets with information regarding the prevalence of domestic violence.

Finally, we participated in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Charleston WV. Our LKS volunteers helped with registration. Checking in hundreds of people that were there to advocate for the cause and work towards a cure.

In addition to the events that we held for our community, we gathered items to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. We were able to reach out to a shelters both in Houston and Puerto Rico to provided them with essential items such as diapers, toothbrushes, tissues, and other necessities.