The Alpha Chi Rho fraternity here at Utica College is going to be outside all week raising money for the American cancer society. And they say they're outside here in the cold for a reason.
“We’re out her trying to prove a point that there is a sense of urgency of, you know, how badly people need a cure for cancer," said fraternity member Steve Dowd.
This is the first time in twelve years that the fraternity is putting on the event and their not alone.
They join five fraternities across New York State in their deep freeze for cancer.
They chose to raise money for cancer research because a lot of members in the fraternity have seen the damage cancer causes.
"I've actually had a couple friends pass from cancer at a young age. That’s really something tough," said Dowd.
They're not just out here collecting money and sitting around. They're actually putting on different events, like playing whiffle ball to raise awareness for different types of cancer.
"Try to get as many people to the campsite. Try to raise as much funds as we can. Try to raise as much awareness to the American cancer society as possible," said fraternity member Alexander Hodkinson.
They say that sacrificing their time and their bodies to the cold is a small price to pay for this cause.
"We're really trying to make a difference and we're trying real hard, so every donation counts," said Dowd.
They’ve been out here since Sunday at noon and they've raise almost a thousand dollars, but that’s quite a ways from their goal of two thousand five hundred.
They will be camped outside until March 1st.
If you’re interested in donating the fraternity is accepting donations online at main.acsevents.org/goto/axp