Alpha Rho brothers at the University of Washington raised $13,000 to benefit those in need of assistance with cancer treatments.
On Thursday, May 19, the 4th Annual Kyle Charvat Foundation Golf Tournament kicked off at the Golf Club at Newcastle, just outside Seattle. More than 80 players participated, and 100 percent of the proceeds went straight to "helping young adults battling life-threatening cancer in our community," according to a press release following the event.
The Kyle Charvat Foundation is named in memory of Brother Kyle Charvat (Alpha Rho/Washington 2006), who was discovered to have a brain tumor the size of a golf ball during his freshman year. Despite treatment, the tumor remained. An opportunity to try an experimental treatment was suggested, but his medical insurance refused to cover the cost. So, his chapter brothers teamed up and raised the $100,000 needed on their own. Although Kyle passed away in January of his senior year, his fraternity brothers' helping hand allowed him to enjoy a quality of life that many felt would have been impossible otherwise.
According to their website, the Kyle Charvat Foundation has been able to provide financial assistance to seven individuals facing challenges similar to Brother Charvat's.