USC Fraternity Raises Money For Sick Brother

When you go away to college, cancer is the last thing you expect to come into your life. But it did for one one USC student, and now his fraternity brothers have come together to help him.

"Part of being in fraternity is knowing that you have that group of guys that have your back under any circumstances," Jamie McClement said.

For McClement, being a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon means gaining another family.

"Going through pledgeship with someone you end up just being best friends with everyone in your pledge class," McClement said.

With 108 active brothers on campus, it's tough to stick out.

"I'm not like a frat star or anything," David Simone said.

But now, Simone is the big man on campus.

"I expected them to do something, but nothing to this extent," Simone said.

Back in October, the extra hour he took to stop at USC's health center may have saved his life.

"Dr. Mike McKenzie gave me chest X-rays and blood work. And in the chest X-rays he was like, ' this looks like lymphoma,'" Simone said.

After months of chemotherapy on a tumor in his chest., Simone is in remission and hanging in the dugout for a charity baseball game his brothers organized for him.

"He is doing well, but we wanted to help out as much as we could with his medical bills just because they're extremely expensive," McClement said. "It's a huge burden on the family if you have to deal with something like that."

"It's amazing what they're doing for me. All the guys are out here, everyone's having a good time, which is exactly what I want," Simone said.

SAE won the game 5-2 against USC's Police Department. The fraternity plans to have more events to raise money for Simone.


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