Philanthropy

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In 1996, Evan Chen, a brother from Stanford University, was diagnosed with leukemia. All of the chapters of Lambda Phi Epsilon worked together to find a compatible match for a bone marrow transfusion, a procedure that is possibly life-saving. Eventually, through the efforts of the fraternity, family, and friends, a match was found, but Evan unfortunately passed away before the surgery could be performed.

Taking these circumstances into consideration, we work with Be The Match as our national philanthropy.  We continuously strive to help promote awareness for leukemia and other blood-related disorders as well as encouraging those of Asian descent to register for the bone marrow registry. Asians only make up a very small minority of registered possible bone marrow donors. As a result, those patients in need of a transplant simply cannot find one, as finding a match is highly selective in ethnic descent. We believe it is our duty to spread information on this live-saving action and encourage everyone to register.

Recently, we have worked with Be The Match to create an annual Dodgeball Tournament in an effort to not only raise awareness but also funds for bone marrow research.

Along with the National Marrow Donor Program, other philanthropies we are involved with include:

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Adopt-a-Road Cleanup
  • Lakewood Hills Senior Retirement home
  • Dance Marathon
  • Relay for Life

and various other philanthropies hosted by other organizations.