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On a chilly, windy Saturday in November eleven Delt undergraduates and the colony advisor, from the recolonized Epsilon Epsilon Crescent Colony of Delta Tau Delta at the University of Arizona gathered at the Tuscon Speedway for a walk to unlock a cure for ALS. They joined roughly 300 community members as they volunteered to support the local Arizona chapter of The ALS Association that morning. Between setup/tear-down, assisting walk participants at various stations, and directing participant traffic Delts volunteered a total of 72 hours.  

In addition to giving their time in service hours, undergraduate members teamed up with University of Arizona Delt alumni to raise $2,300 for the Arizona chapter of The ALS Association. Colony President Davis Chauhan (University of Arizona, 2021), Colony Advisor Noel Wilkinson (University of Southern Mississippi, 2008), and new member Ethan Goldman (University of Arizona, 2025) presented the donation check as part of the walk’s opening ceremonies on Nov. 13. 

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. According to The ALS Association, the affected nerve cells control an individual’s voluntary muscle actions —such as speaking, eating, moving and breathing. Progressive deterioration of these nerve cells leads to death. There is currently no cure for ALS, and 90 percent of ALS cases occur without any family history of the disease. From their website, “The ALS Association is at the forefront of public policy working to improve the lives of people living with ALS and their caregivers … [and to] achieve the mission of The ALS Association: to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.” 


Epsilon Epsilon Crescent Colony Delts connected with The ALS Association because of fellow University of Arizona Delt alumnus Greg Janis (1992) and his mother, Marilyn “Mimi” Janis. While Greg was an undergraduate his mother was a huge supporter of the Epsilon Epsilon Crescent Colony, and always welcomed her son’s Delt brothers into her family’s home. After several alumni shared the positive impacts Greg’s mother had on them during their Delt experience, the undergraduate members learned she had passed away from ALS. The connection between the Epsilon Epsilon Crescent Colony and the local Arizona chapter of The ALS Association was born and is a partnership that the undergraduates are passionate about.  

For new member Ethan Goldman (University of Arizona, 2025), serving together with his Delt brothers at the ALS Walk and participating in the check presentation held personal significance. “Being part of it, really felt special to me, because I lost my grandfather, who is a big inspiration for me, to ALS,” he said. Ethan’s grandfather overcame the expectations doctors set when he was diagnosed, fighting more than 10 years longer than they said he could. “Being able to be part of this [ALS Walk] with my brothers made it one of my most memorable experiences of Greek life so far.” 

Lead Colony Advisor, Noel Wilkinson was most impressed with the undergraduate members. “As their brother, I am so proud of the service and energy that these young men gave to The ALS Association leading up to that event,” he said. “This was their first semester after recolonizing, and they took on this challenge to plan and implement their first service project as Delts. And these young men proved that they would do what it takes to make a significant positive impact within their local community.” Wilkinson went on to describe how multiple participants and ALS Association staff shared with him the positive images of Greek life that the University of Arizona Delts presented that morning.  

The current undergraduate members have already pledged to continue building upon the colony’s relationship with the Arizona chapter of the ALS Foundation during the spring 2022 Semester. This is in addition to their efforts to partner with the Arizona chapter of JDRF as encouraged by the Arch Chapter. If you are an alumnus and would like to get involved with the Epsilon Epsilon Crescent Colony, either directly as a volunteer or through financial support of the colony’s philanthropic efforts with either the Arizona chapter of The ALS Association or the Arizona chapter of JDRF, please reach out to the lead colony advisor Noel Wilkinson at deltadvisor.epsilonepsilon@gmail.com for more information. 

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