University of Kansas fraternity supports paralyzed member

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas fraternity has raised about $30,000 for students with disabilities in honor of one of its members who was paralyzed while swimming in the ocean in Hawaii over winter break.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Beta Theta Pi chapter will host a 5k run this weekend in honor of fraternity member Tom Babb, a quadriplegic. Nearly 500 participants were registered as of Friday.

Proceeds from the “TomSTRONG 5k Run/Walk/Roll” will go toward the newly established Tom Babb Student Accessibility Scholarship, which will give funds to University of Kansas students who require full-time, professional care.

The fraternity also traveled to Colorado to initiate Babb, who was a pledge at the time of the accident. It has also been renovating its chapter house to accommodate Babb.



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