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    Masquerade ball to raise funds for cancer treatment

    	Photo courtesy of Karina Hernandez

    Photo courtesy of Karina Hernandez

    Students are preparing for a night of elegance and charity at the “A Night to Remember: Masquerade Ball,” which will benefit children and families affected by cancer.

    The ball, hosted by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, was inspired by a 5-year-old boy named Landin Cody who received treatment for cancer at the University of Arizona Medical Center Diamond Children Center. Almost three years ago, The Associated Students of the University of Arizona contacted the UA’s chapter of NSCS and asked if it wanted to adopt a “hero” through the Andrew McDonough B Foundation. That was when Cody came along.

    Karina Hernandez, a fourth-year officer and president of NSCS, said that Cody was the underlying inspiration for the organization to host the masquerade and give back to the young boy’s family, as well as to other children affected by cancer.

    “Just being around him reminds you of how grateful you should feel,” Hernandez said. “He definitely inspired the board; he inspired the members, and so we wanted to give back.”

    Cody has just reached the two-year mark of being in remission.
    Some members said that NSCS has taken a huge role in fundraising for Cody, but they have connected with the young boy on a more personal level as well.

    “He really touched our heart,” said Matthew Scarber, a first-year distinguished member and assistant vice president. “He brings a lot of excitement wherever he goes, and you can tell that he appreciates everything we do for him.”

    A portion of the proceeds raised at the ball will go to Cody’s family, and the remaining proceeds will go to the UAMC Children’s Pediatric Oncology Clinic to raise money for children being treated for cancer. In addition to benefitting a good cause, the ball will also provide fun for attendees, members said.

    “We just thought it would be a fun idea because, I mean, who doesn’t want to get dressed up and go have fun at a masquerade?” said Ryan Moore, a distinguished member of NSCS.

    A Phoenix-based company called Endless Entertainment will provide the music and entertainment at the ball for discounted prices to support the charity event.

    The chapter has also gathered local entertainment to volunteer their time and talent, including DJ Icarus, Black N’ Blue Hip Hop Crew, UA Bollywood dance group Om Shanti, CatCall Acapella and local Tucson musician Celena Santa Cruz.

    From 6-7:30 p.m., the ball will dedicate time to honor the Cody family and other families who have been affected by cancer.

    “At the end of the night, we want to celebrate,” Hernandez said. “We want this to become a legacy and annual event. We’re so passionate about service and giving back to the community.”

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