By Rishi Simha, Business Staff ’15, Undergraduate Chairman
This past Saturday, November 1st, thousands of people across Philadelphia grabbed their umbrellas and gathered at Fairmount Park for the annual PurpleStride 5k. As we have for many years, Mask and Wig members came out in support of the Keil Family and the Walking for Wendy team, raising money to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Despite the cold rain, the walk was an overwhelming success.
Reflecting on the event, former Mask and Wig Band member Noah Keil ’09 said, “Today’s PurpleStride went really well, and we had a great turnout from undergrads and grad Clubbies alike. We braved the rainy weather to have a great event.” Hannah Zeisel (Penn ’09) added, “It was great to see everyone today and have another successful Walking for Wendy walk!”
For the first time in my experience at the event, we were also joined by several members from Penn’s Delta Tau Delta chapter. I had a chance to chat with Eric Zheng (Penn ’16) after the event who said, “Even though it was cold and rainy this morning, the walk was a great way to join forces with other individuals to support a great cause. Everyone’s excited spirits and energy made it a great morning.”
I was certainly impressed with the huge turnout despite the elements until Brandon Gleklen ’15 put it all in perspective: “A little rain? Try doing the kickline in heels.”
If you would like to donate to the cause or find out more about Wendy Keil and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, please click here.