Fraternity Commits $25,000 for Children Battling Cancer

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) at the University of South Dakota pledged this week to raise $25,000 over the next five years for Brave Kids Bold Cures, an initiative of Sanford Health Foundation in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The announcement was made during the fifth annual PIKE Week of Service at USD. The chapter will support pediatric cancer initiatives through a gift to Ava’s House, a 20-bed hospice facility to be located at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

The gift honors Tanna Kingsbury, of Letcher, South Dakota, the sister of chapter brother Tarkenton Kingsbury. She died in September 2014 after a battle with cancer. “At just 15 years old, Tanna inspired our fraternity,” said Pi Kappa Alpha President KC Herman, a third-year student from Milford, Nebraska. “Our chapter is filled with passionate members who want to make a difference in kids’ lives.”


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News