The Sun's editorial writer is out of the office this week. The following editorial is republished from the May 20 Daily News, Bowling Green.
Unfortunately, fraternities often get a bad rap, mostly because of a few misbehaving members.
What some may not know is that fraternities across the country are very involved in charities and philanthropy projects.
These members take a lot of time to be involved in the communities. They want to help others while forming lifelong friendships with their fraternity brothers.
One such fraternity at Western Kentucky University that is doing something to help others is Phi Gamma Delta.
On Monday, 12 fraternity members left for Oceanside, Calif., where they'll begin the Bike4Alz on Saturday to Washington, D.C. The members will be traveling 3,000 miles in two months, averaging 80 miles a day in an effort to raise money for Alzheimer's disease research and bring awareness to the disease.
These men must have prepared for this long journey. Two months on the road, going cross-country on a bike, shows how dedicated these young men are to helping in the fight against Alzheimer's.
This year's group has a goal of $100,000, which it will donate to the BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit that supports research and provides public education to eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.
This isn't the first time this fraternity has made trips such as this, trips that have combined to raise $120,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.
Hopefully, this large sum of money went a long way toward eradicating this disease.
These young men didn't have to spend their time doing this work, which must be physically and mentally draining. They could have enjoyed a lazy and relaxing summer, but they chose to make a difference.
Their efforts are applaudable, and we wish them the best of luck on their two-month trek.