In November 2013, Steve Falkenstein, former Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter president at the University of Toledo, and his wife, called the doctor after their two-year-old daughter, Emily, told them that she had found something on her body.
“They said something’s not right,” said Emily’s mother, Amy. “They didn’t think it was something to be concerned about until they went into surgery to remove it and found out it was cancer.”
When Sigma Phi Epsilon’s alumni advisor (Theodore Behnken) found out what the Falkenstein family was dealing with, he quickly approached the 2014 fraternity’s president (Nick Dorner) asking what they could do to help.
The fraternity decided to use the annual Stromboli event to raise funds for Emily. Stromboli is an event put on each year by UT’s greek life organizations. Each fraternity and sorority sells strombolis to raise money for a cause.
With Emily undergoing chemotherapy and radiation at Indiana University, the brothers at Sigma Phi Epsilon worked vigorously to raise money at Stromboli for their “Sweetest Emily.”
Here’s some of the videos from the journey and a final piece by NBC 24 News in Toledo.