Tekes run for Alzheimer’s Disease

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Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity put aside their differences this weekend, to help raise money with their rival school, at the 9th annual “Running Past the Rivalry” Football run. This event is held annually to raise money for the Ronald Reagan Research Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease. 

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“We look forward to this event every year,” Western’s TKE President, Vern Wheeler said. “It’s a good cause and it feels good to donate a chunk of money to help people.”

This year the Missouri Western and Northwest chapters had a goal of raising a combined $500 for Alzheimer’s. Since 1998, local TKE members have raised $4,500. Each year members from the different chapters take turns running the ball from one stadium to the other, delivering the game ball. This year members of the Northwest chapter ran the 43 miles from Rickenbrode Stadium on the Northwest Missouri State campus to Spratt Memorial Stadium on Western’s campus.

“I think it’s important to look past rivalry,” Western TKE member, Jeremy Ackerman said.  “This is a good way to work past differences for a good cause.”

The Alzheimer’s Association is TEKE’s newest philanthropy to commemorate former U.S. President and TKE alumnus, Ronald Regan, who passed away from complication with Alzheimer’s in 2004.

“With as much rivalry between the two organizations,” Western TKE member, David Williams said. “To do something in collation together shows we are all students and are only 43 miles apart. We can come together and help a cause like Alzheimer’s.”

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