Chapman’s Cure It Club hosted its first Curechella event Nov. 13, as students enjoyed musical performances by Chapman students and activities such as henna tattoos, while raising more than $2,000 for children with cancer.
“I came up with this idea because I love music and music festivals,” said sophomore Alicia Halikas, president of Cure It Club, which is in association with the Cure It Foundation. “I don’t think there is a better way to get Chapman excited about raising money for a childhood cancer foundation and dancing in the meantime.”
The event included eight musical performances. Hans Seraphim, a junior business economics major who played guitar at the event, was able to connect with Curechella on a personal level.
“A few years ago, I had to visit an oncologist due to a growth found in my femur. Entering the cancer center happened to be the most difficult times for me,” Seraphim said. “They had me visit a couple of times and I did not receive the results for a month after the initial discovery. I was fortunate for it to be benign, but I saw many children under the age of 15 who were fighting cancer and whose childhoods were not the same as the average child.”
Halikas’ participation with the Cure It Foundation stems from an earlier memory.
In high school, she had a close relationship with a teacher, who had lost his 20-year-old daughter, Julia Janes, to leukemia. Janes was part of the Cure It Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer patients and their families, as well as for research for a cure.
“They help brighten cancer patients’ lives. Julia inspired me to help continue where she left off,” Halikas said.
Ben Gallagher, a junior public relations and advertising major, was a coordinator and performer for the event.
“I think this event is unique because we’re raising money for kids with cancer, but we’re also doing so by bringing together people at the university and making it a social experience,” Gallagher said. “Helping some kids out, that’s what it’s all about.”
Students at the event were pleased with the entertainment and felt encouraged to learn more about the cause after attending.
“I really enjoyed the event,” said Emily Russell, a junior strategic and corporate communication major. “I knew that there would be good singers, but I was so pleasantly surprised with how good they were.”
Other students also felt that Curechella was successful and expect to see it on put on this event again in the future.
“I didn’t really know about the Cure It Foundation, and I think it’s a really good way to spread awareness,” said Samantha Mountjoy, a junior strategic and corporate communication major. “I think this has the potential to grow into something big, and that it will gain a lot of popularity and success in the upcoming years.”