Guilford County alumni prepare for illuminating Service Day

October 11, 2011
By Chris Saunders

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For our last installment in our Alumni Network National Wolfpack Service Day profiles, we talked with Ken Clifton, the Guilford County Network leader, about his network’s plans for Saturday.

In the past, the Guilford County Network has donated canned foods for Wolfpack Service Day, but this year, Clifton wanted to do something different that would raise more awareness.

So the network will be volunteering its time at the Light the Night Walk, setting up, breaking down, taking pictures and cheering on the participants walking and who have raised money for blood cancer research, support groups and educational materials.

How large is your network, and how many members will participate in National Wolfpack Service Day Saturday? The network we have is about 75 people. We’re hoping 25 people will show up. We’re hoping to grow our network, and we’re working on that.

What is the best thing about your network? The group that we have go above and beyond what is needed. They have a great passion for NC State. They represent State very well.

What event do you have planned for National Wolfpack Service Day? We’re volunteering for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They have a walk Saturday. It’s called the Light the Night Walk.

Why have you chosen to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for this event? I’ve heard other professional people in the area talk about the work they’ve done with the society. Cancer hits everybody, and it’s a great way to give back. They’ve had great success over the years in working to find cures and develop treatment.

What is it that alumni will gain from participating in the event? The awareness of cancer and cancer research. It also highlights people who have had leukemia and lymphoma. It’s another way to wake people up to see this is another cancer we need to be fighting.

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