NAU students lead the charge in community volunteering efforts

MAR 20, 2024

Logan Scarbrough, an NAU finance major, has a personal connection to breast cancer. As a child, he supported his mother through her treatment and together, they participated in a Phoenix breast cancer awareness walk every October.

Perhaps that’s why, when he learned that Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Marissa Griffin was diagnosed with breast cancer, he felt compelled to act. 

“We wanted to give back to her and support her because she does so much for our community,” Scarbrough said. “My mom and I used to do a cancer walk in Phoenix, and so I thought, why not translate it to Flagstaff, where there’s never been an event like that before?”

In response, Scarbrough collaborated with his peers in Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) to organize a 5K walk in October, dedicated to Griffin. The event was part of the fraternity’s annual fall philanthropy competition. Alongside other events like a talent show and a capture the flag game, they managed to raise over $10,000 for breast cancer awareness

For Griffin, the event was about more than just fundraising. It encapsulated what she, Scarbrough and so many others value about Greek life: the fact that it creates supportive, philanthropic and community-minded people.

“When the gentleman of PIKE approached me about doing a fundraiser to raise awareness of breast cancer and, most importantly, support my journey, there weren’t words to describe my gratitude,” she said. “Participating in the event and seeing so much love and support from each student gave me hope—a hope to keep fighting, but also a hope seeing our students’ impact on this campus, the Flagstaff community and society.”