Make a difference for someone with Arthritis Arthritis is a painful disease that affects men, women and children all across the globe. There is no known cure for arthritis, but it is treatable or even possibly preventable through eating healthy, exercising daily and avoiding smoking. Every year Alpha Omicron Pie hosts an event, “Run for Roses,” that benefits the Arthritis Foundation; to date the Delta Delta chapter of Auburn has donated more than $180,000 for arthritis research. This year they are looking to continue to raise more money for arthritis research. This is where you can help. “We will have a table set up on the concourse every day this week [March 28-April 1] from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” said Hillary Barber, AOII’s philanthropy chair. “If you are unable to stop by our table, contact an AOII and she will help you fill out a sign-up sheet.” The race will be held in front of the AOII chapter room in Magnolia Hall on Saturday, April 2, and last from 9 a.m. until 11. The cost is $15 for registration and a T-shirt or $10 for a T-shirt. AOII will be providing the runners and bystanders with Chick-Fil-A refreshments and the possibility of winning door prizes from Mellow Mushroom. “A lot of time, college is a time for being selfish and only thinking of ourselves,” said Barber. “But this is a good opportunity for us to give-back to an organization, like the Arthritis Foundation that does so much for men, women, and children suffering from such a terrible disease.” Last year “Run for Roses” was able to raise more than $8,500 to give to the Arthritis Foundation. They are looking to top that for the 11th annual race this year. This is the second event that AOII has done this year in order to raise money for arthritis research. “In the fall, we did ‘Project Panda’, which is where people donated stuffed bears or money,” said Barber. “The bears went to the Juvenile Arthritis clinic in Atlanta, and we used the money to purchase more bears to send there.” Through out the years AOII has hosted a variety of philanthropy events to help raise money for the Arthritis Foundation from “Run for Roses” to “Panda-Par-te” to its new fall event “Project Panda,” but no matter the name of the event they have continually had the support of Auburn who has helped them raise money.