If I only knew… If I only knew how much work this would be… If I only knew how many days I would never go a waking moment without thinking about something Sweet Caroline related… If I only knew how many calls, texts, and emails, I would have to send to the same people over and over… If I only knew how difficult and time consuming this whole process would be…
Never in my life have I ever been in charge of 300+ sorority sisters, along with the hundreds of people, 703 to be exact, that our hard working sisters signed up to join the registry this year- breaking last years’ record. Imagine how scary being in charge of 1,000+ people can be. Especially when it feels like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders and it decided to rain that day. But to me, organizing Sweet Caroline in honor of our past sister Caroline Terry is much less scary than her battle with cancer.
In total, Sweet Caroline has added 4,192 names to the registry. That is 4,192 lives that could potentially be saved. I joined the registry my freshman year because in the situation that any of my loved ones need a bone marrow transplant in the future, I hope their match is on the registry.
It was such an honor to be trusted by my chapter to be in charge of Sweet Caroline, a philanthropy event that is so close to our hearts. It is so close to our hearts, that although it is not a national philanthropy, we have kept it going for 13 years putting on 14 events. This experience made me grow as a person. It made me become more confident in my leadership skills and myself. It made me develop an even stronger love and appreciation for my sorority sisters and chapter as a whole, which I didn’t think was possible. It made me an overall better person. It really opened up my eyes and made me realize that all our hard work really does make a difference. And for this event specifically, it literally saves hundreds of lives. It’s crazy to think that our chapter creates such a difference in stranger’s lives and that some people are eternally grateful for our chapter and the life we saved because of our event.
Although I was responsible for Sweet Caroline, it could not have been possible without the hard work and encouragement from my sisters. When I asked them to figure something out, they jumped to help me. When I was down, they picked me up. Without my supportive and amazing sisters, this event would not have been possible. Their positive attitudes and dedication registered 703 people, when we lost half a day to rain. Without my sisters, this event would not have lasted 13 years and saved so many lives.
As I said before, it was an honor to plan this event for my chapter and if I only knew everything that I know now, I wouldn’t change my experience for the world and I would go through the same struggles again to keep Sweet Caroline going.
Kyra McDonald (Sweet Caroline Chair 2017)