BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A group of Binghamton University students are rocking to aid those battling a serious illness. 

Alpha Epsilon Pi is hosting in the fifth annual Rock-a-Thon.

For 48 straight hours, one of the fraternities members has to sit in a rocking chair while other members are raising money for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and the Israel Children’s Cancer Foundation. 

Rock-a-thon Co-Chair Michael Steinberg says the idea is they sit in a rocking chair now so that everyone that has cancer can live to the day where they can too.

He says being the one that sits in the rocking chair is a big honor in their fraternity that has to be voted on. “It’s really a big push for our classes right now in terms of work. We all have a lot of tests but we still come out here and give our all every second we can give. Even if we don’t think we have an hour free, we make the hour free and show up and can as much as we can. I think that’s something really special.”

Last year Rock-a-Thon raised $15,000 and Steinberg says they’ve raised their goal this year to $17,500.

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