Editorial: Taking initiative to help others

While the quest for higher education may be responsibility enough for many college students, it seems that many Pitt-Johnstown students have expanded their responsibilities to include fundraising for supportive services to improve the campus and community.

This philanthropic attitude easily was seen Sept. 27, when students gathered at Richland Town Centre’s Five Guys restaurant to raise funds for student government President Cliff Maloney’s cancer-stricken sister.

Maloney’s sister, Heather, was diagnosed, in May, with an advanced stage of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Event contributors, headed by the Pitt-Johnstown Dance Ensemble members, raised approximately $500 and donated the money to Heather as a means to relieve some of the family’s debt stemming from expensive medical bills.

Saturday, Pitt-Johnstown students came together once again for a 13th annual Light the Night Walk.

This two-mile walk is to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Society, as well as to celebrate cancer survivors.

Light the Night donations may help the society reach its goals of finding a cancer cure and improving patients’ treatments.

In addition to fundraising, some Pitt-Johnstown students have shared their interests by proposing new clubs with intentions to couple common interests with community improvement.

A prospective fitness club aims to send a message of healthy living and to deter destructive decisions. A prospective science education club aims to take tutors to local schools.

The Pitt-Johnstown students’ willingness to sacrifice time and money to aid those in need is a respectable trait by almost any standards, and they should be proud of their works.

Those involved should try their best to keep up the good work, and those who aren’t should try their best to get involved, too.