As part of State Employee Charitable Campaign drive, Texas Tech University has raised nearly $24,000 over the past two years for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Every semester, when students move in and out of the residence halls, University Student Housing asks for a deposit to give to charity as they rent red carts, making the moving process a bit easier.
But after a key member of the student housing team died in 2012, they decided to establish a memorial donation as part of the cart rental.
Through the Angela Forney Memorial Cart Rental, student housing, on behalf of the State Employee Charitable Campaign drive at Texas Tech University, collects money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, raising nearly $24,000 over the past two years.
Forney served in various roles within student housing for nine years before she died, including as residence life coordinator, assistant director, and senior assistant director in residence life. D'aun Green, senior associate managing director for student housing, said Forney died in September 2012 after a brain bleed from undiagnosed leukemia.
Sean Duggan, managing director of student housing, said Forney was always looking for ways to help students. This fundraiser is a way for them to continue her mission of service.
“This fundraiser helps improve the overall community by bringing attention and funds to a serious illness that takes many lives in our country,” Duggan said. “This effort helped us heal from Angela's loss and also keeps her in our memory. I believe she would be very happy of our efforts to help others.”
The fundraiser also allows students and their families to give to a cause that affects many people, Green said.
“I would imagine each of us has been touched by cancer in one form or another,” Green said. “If Angela had known she had the disease, she might still be with us today. We want to help others learn and get the help they need.”
Student housing also honors Forney through an annual scholarship that is awarded to a first-generation college student who participates in community service and organizations, maintains a 2.75 cumulative GPA and lives on campus.
Duggan said the scholarship showcases the love Forney had working with first-generation college students.
Both the fundraiser and the scholarship are meant to celebrate Forney's life and the lives she inspired each day, Green said.
“She could brighten any situation just by being her giving, servant-leader self,” Green said. “To this day, I still miss her.”
The Texas Tech SECC drive starts September 1.