This Saturday, two sorority chapters are teaming up to raise money for a woman in need.

This Saturday, two sorority chapters are teaming up to raise money for a woman in need.
While the Red Event can be a fun time for sweethearts, the main goal is to help Sonya Hardgrave in her battle against Takayasu's Arteritis.
“A couple of girls in our sorority know Sonya and her family,” said Jennifer Burch, one of the event's coordinators. “We decided to take their cause on.”
Takayusa's Arteritis is a rare form of vasculitis, in which a person's immune system attacks the largest arteries in the body. This causes inflammation, restricting blood flow to many parts of the body.
“Sonya has to travel to doctors and to get treatment, and she had to quit work,” Burch said. “It's local, but it adds up, and insurance doesn't cover that.”
A person may not show symptoms or only have mild symptoms, so the disease can go undiagnosed for a long time. This is what happened in Hardgrave's case, as doctors first thought she had fibromyalgia.
Treatments are available to keep the arteries from narrowing, but short of surgery, damage often can't be reversed. Glucocorticoids, or steroids, are an important part of treatment. Immune-suppressing drugs can also be used, though it's unclear if this treatment is effective. Routine use of low-dose aspirin can ward off complications from blood clots forming in damaged arteries.
This is the Red Event's third year, and each year its proceeds have helped someone in need. Last year, the event raised $2,000 to help a local resident purchase a wheelchair-accessible van.
“This is a nice evening event for people who enjoy getting out for a nice evening and dress up a bit,” Burch said. “At the same time, you can help a family in need.”
Cost to attend the Red Event is $25, with additional cost for drinks. Proceeds will support Hardgrave and her family. Burch said the goal is to raise at least $2,000.
Xi Iota Epsilon and Lambda Iota Sorority, Chapters of Beta Sigma Phi, will host the Red Event from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Best Western Holiday Manor Convention Center, 2211 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson. This semi-formal event will feature music, dessert bar, light snacks and cash bar ahead of Valentine's Day.