On Monday, it was announced that there has been new developments in the Spartans' efforts to take on a fresh challenge. In just over a week, supporters of Michigan State have responded in droves to the call for action to respond to a prank pulled by in-state rival, the University of Michigan.
Michigan State's then response? Raise at least $3,000 for ovarian cancer research and then challenge Wolverines fans to do the same.
Michigan State University Alumni Association executive director Scott Westerman came up with the idea because he wanted to see Spartans fans put a $3,000 response into something worthwhile and also as his wife is a two-time ovarian cancer survivor. Westerman saw the donation total skyrocket as the story grew national media attention and was astonished and completely humbled by the MSU fanbase and their generosity.
As of last Friday evening, MIOCA president and founder Pam Dahlmann said that Michigan State had helped to raise that number to over $36,000, and growing.
"It's unbelievable. We're just in awe," Dahlmann said. "We keep getting donations."
Early that Friday morning, a $500 gift from the Space Coast MSU Alumni Club of Florida came into the MIOCA's donation account. Other gifts have been received from as far away as China and Africa.
"We are just feeling that Spartan love," Dahlmann said.
Dahlmann herself is a University of Michigan, so Spartan love isn't something that comes easy to the former Wolverine, but she added that she was surprised by how little U of M fans have contributed to the cause. The original intent by Westerman was to have Wolverines fans match whatever amount the Spartans fans had raised, but Dahlmann says that "99 percent" of the $36,000 has been raised by MSU supporters.
"There has been very little from U-M in the way of donations," Dahlmann said.
"When will they respond? Will they respond? I want to see U-M alums respond, just because this is a greater cause."
If Michigan really wants to make their "little brother" look bad, they should try blowing Michigan State out of the water with a really impressive donation.
To donate, please go to www.mioca.org.
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