Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Omicron Pi will be hosting the second annual “Cancer Can’t Handle the Mandl” event April 13 to honor former Maryland student, SAE brother and Osteosarcoma survivor Mike Mandl.
Mandl overcame Osteosarcoma — which affects about 800 people annually — last spring and underwent his final round of chemotherapy this past September.
“Mandl is really a great guy. He’s a go getter, not gonna fall short of any goals he sets for himself, super smart and able to think ahead to the future really well,” said Brian Stomel, senior SAE member and Economics and Statistics major.
The goal of the event is to raise money for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults — an organization that was helpful to Mandl during his treatment. Bracelets that read “Cancer Can’t Handle the Mandl” will be sold for $3 each and there is a raffle to shave a member of SAE’s head. About 15 brothers will be volunteering to have their head shaved, the list of which can be found on the event Facebook page.
“There’s gonna be a ton of free food and soda at the event,” said Yuval Elkun, a junior Cell Biology & Genetics major and the president of SAE. “We’re gonna have some fun lawn games for people to play and it’s just gonna be a good time for people to hang out, eat some food, and hopefully win a raffle to shave a brothers head.”
The process for putting together a meaningful event like this isn’t easy, but students have worked hard to make it perfect.
“I worked with Austin (Gray) the SAE Philanthropy Chair,” sophomore Elementary Education major and AOII Philanthropy Chair Sydney Dazzo said. “We ordered food to be catered at the event, booked the Hair Cuttery to come work at the event, and coordinated with The Gift of Life — a marrow and blood stem cell registry — to set up a table at the event for registering attendees and giving a free cheek swab which can help find matches for people battling blood cancer.”
Although most current UMD students don’t know Mandl personally, the majority of there’s still plenty of reason they would come out for the cause. Last year, about 500 people attended and the event raised $3100. According to Elkun, this year’s goal is $5000.
“Although some people may not be presently affected by cancer, there is a chance they will be in the future, and they should put in even the slightest effort to put an end to it,” Gray said.
“Cancer Can’t Handle the Mandl” will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on the lawn of AOII’s chapter house at 4517 College Ave.
“Hopefully everyone comes by after class to shave some heads and enjoy some food graciously donated by the restaurant Heavenly Chicken and Ribs,” Gray said.