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Beauty pageant to battle leukemia

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Tatiannah Clarke
Staff Writer

Troy University’s Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma sorority will be hosting the inaugural Miss Sound of the South Beauty Pageant to support victims of leukemia and lymphoma.

Admission to the pageant is one dollar and all students are welcome.

A total of 16 girls from each section of the Sound of The South band will be competing against each other, but only one will be crowned victorious.

All proceeds earned from the pageant will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help fund research to finding the cure for both cancerous diseases.

“Not only will this event be fun and exciting, but it will be used to help raise money for a very important cause,” said Sam Sizemore, a sophomore elementary education major from Geneva. “We hope that this event raises awareness for leukemia and lymphoma.”

Leukemia is a form of cancer that affects the blood or bone marrow.

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects the lymph nodes, spleen or bone marrow.

Steven Debarzynski, a former trombonist for Sound of The South, passed away in 2002 after battling leukemia for seven months.

“After the passing of Steven in 2002, the fraternity felt compelled to do something that would honor him forever,” said Darius Davis, a senior criminal justice major from Panama City, Fla. and member of the sousaphone section.

“We created the Step For Life step show in 2002 and ever since then shows have been held every spring in Crosby.”

The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at 5:00 p.m.