Plymouth grad and Purdue University junior Nick Houin has undertaken the task of raising money and awareness for breast cancer research in the college’s philanthropic competition to name Purdue’s Big Man on Campus for the year. Houin will represent his chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
For the past 18 years Big Man on Campus, also know as BMOC, has been a philanthropic competition where representatives of fraternal organizations are asked to spread awareness and raise money for breast cancer research and the search for a cure. Zeta Tau Alpha, the organization that administers the event, works year-round to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.
“I have seen cancer not only effect family members, but also close friends of mine,” said Houin. “This is why I believe in the cause and am investing so much into it. My goal through this competition is to spread further awareness, raise money, and make this the most successful year for BMOC thus far.”
Throughout this upcoming semester Houin and others involved with the cause will be in downtown Lafayette passing out ribbons and encouraging women to have examinations. They also plan to spread further awareness throughout campus and volunteer at several local fundraising events.
He is also hoping others will get involved to help.
“I need the support of friends, family, and those in my hometown,” said Houin. “My goal this year is to raise $10,000. I have personally witnessed how one’s struggle and fight with cancer changes their perspective on life. I have seen how the support and love from family and friends encourages one to overcome cancer, and later view and live their life in a more positive light than ever before.” Experiences such as these have motivated me to
You can help Houin by visiting the website www.bmocpurdue.com. Then donate, following the “contestants” link and selecting the link for Nicholas Houin that includes his picture.