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USD Fraternity Hosts 11th Annual Cycle for Life Event

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Fraternity at the University of South Dakota will host the 11th annual Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life event on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 12-9 p.m. in the USD Wellness Center.

The event raises funds and awareness for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and melanoma. All funds raised will benefit the M.D. Anderson Center and the cutting-edge research done around the clock to find cures for blood cancers. Since the inception of the event in 2011, the USD PIKES have raised more than $15,000 for cures and research for blood cancers.

The Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life honors a PIKE brother, Taylor Trudeau, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2008. The event keeps his memory alive across North America as PIKE chapters host the Cycle, which is a stationary bicycle event complete with spin instructors.

Connor Van Der Werff, second-year economics and finance major and PIKE president, feels honored to be part of an organization that does so much. “Cycle for Life is a fantastic way for our brothers and community to come together and support a cause that will leave an impact for years to come,” Van Der Werff said.

For more information and to register for the event, visit


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
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