Smashing Cars and Raising Spirits
Reed White is known for his infectious smile. That smile came out when the brothers of Alpha Omicron (University of Arkansas in Fayetteville) came together last fall to host a Car Smash in his honor.
“His friendship means the world to me, because I get to see the adversity he goes through on a daily basis and see how he gets past all the negative aspects of life,” said Chris Prudhomme, Number VIII. Reed was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age 1, unable to walk by age 10, and recently, broke both of his legs and contracted pneumonia at age 15.
The brothers’ fundraising efforts were aimed to assist the White family with their hospital bills. “I was blessed to see how happy he was when he came to our Fraternity house in Arkansas and got to see how much it meant to him for us to come together as a chapter and friends to support him,” said Prudhomme.
The October event, hosted at the fraternity house, featured puppies, carnival games, and refreshments. The dilapidated vehicle—a rainbow-painted sedan—withstood numerous sledgehammer strikes, setting guests back $1 per swing.
Hundreds came out to join in the chapter’s efforts to support Reed. Brothers more than tripled their $2,500 goal, ultimately raising over $8,000.
The Order nationally has raised over $2.7 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1975.