Spike For Mike – Sigma Chi Chapter Fights For Their Brother

August 9, 2010

This guest post is written by the Sigs at the University of Miami. One of our brothers Mike Bakutes has been diagnosed with a tumor and needs our help. http://umiamisigs.com/spike-for-mike

Summer is usually a time filled with relaxation and fun, and provides a much-needed chance to reenergize myself. One of our fellow brothers, Mike Bakutes, did not get to enjoy the peace of mind that usually accompanies summer. Earlier this summer, he was diagnosed with Juvenile Ossifying Fibroma, a rare and aggressive tumor that could quickly spread to the rest of his mouth, and possibly further. As a result, Mike was forced to withdraw from the upcoming fall semester and place himself on medical leave. The surgeries to remove the tumor and the subsequent procedures will extend far beyond this
summer and the fall semester.

Mike is a loyal brother and friend, widely respected by those who have had the chance to meet him. His incredibly optimistic personality has really been put to the test over the past few months, yet he remains confident that he will be strong enough to return for the spring semester. Although he has remained strong, we, as a chapter, could not sit idly by and let him and his family carry the load of this grueling journey. Our chapter came together and decided to put on a charity volleyball tournament entitled “Spike For Mike.” Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bakutes family, to help pay for medical treatments, as well as the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure, to help find a cure for this destructive disease. While we are doing everything we can to help Mike, we cannot do this alone. We want to invite our fellow Brothers, who are found in all parts of the world, to be those strong arms around Mike. We cannot do this without the help from our fellow brothers.

More information regarding Mike and the tournament can be found at http://umiamisigs.com/spike-for-mike. There is a donation page as well as a registration page for the tournament. Even if you cannot make a donation to our cause, please visit our page to read more about Mike. Remember to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you very much.

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