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USD Fraternity Hosts 9th Annual Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life

VERMILLION, S.D. –The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) at the University of South Dakota hosted the 9th annual Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life on Wednesday, February 27 at the USD Wellness Center and raised over $1,200 to benefit the M.D. Anderson Center.

Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life honors a PIKE brother, Taylor Trudeau, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2008. Cycle for Life keeps Trudeau’s memory alive.

This year’s Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life raised over $1,200 to benefit the M.D. Anderson Center to support patients and families facing a diagnosis of blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and melanoma. Since the inception of the event in 2011, the USD PIKES have raised more than $15,000 for patients and the cutting-edge research done around the clock to find cures for blood cancers at the center. Overall, the PIKES has raised more than $275,000 for charitable causes since 2011.

Pi Kappa Alpha President, Logan Rahn, a second-year business marketing major from Sioux City, Iowa, is proud of the impact the PIKES have in the Vermillion community – and beyond. 

“Thank you to all those who took part in our event and provided gifts in support of this important cause,” Rahn said. “We are honored to help patients and families.”

For more information, to schedule an interview or to request b-roll footage and photos, please contact the PIKES on Facebook.


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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News