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Kappa Xi Chapter | University of West Alabama

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"To keep forever sacred the memory..."

 

On December 28, 2015, we lost our sister, Bethany Joyce Harris, in a tragic car accident due to not wearing her seatbelt. As our creed states, "To keep forever sacred the memory of those we have loved and lost," we strive to keep the memory and legacy of our beautiful, bright, and bubbly sister alive. 

A few weeks following Beth's death, the chapter decided to start a campaign called #BuckleUpForBeth to raise seatbelt safety awareness. We sell bracelets for UWA students and other friends and family of Bethany to wear to remind themselves and others to always buckle up. We also host an event where students can pledge to "Buckle Up for Beth" by signing their name.

Our sister and Miss UWA 2016, Sarah Neill, used #BuckleUpForBeth as her platform in both the Miss UWA, Miss Walker County, and Miss Alabama pageants. With her efforts, she was able to raise hundreds of dollars that was donated to Bethany's parents and help start a #BuckleUpForBeth scholarship at Bethany's alma mater, Dora High School. She also visited high schools and hosted events to help raise awareness about her platform.

Kappa Xi Bethany Harris

Memorial Scholarship

To keep her memory alive, Kappa Xi created a scholarship in Bethany's name that new members of our chapter can apply for by writing an essay. The $750 scholarship is awarded annually. Funds for this scholarship are raised by selling the bracelets and each sister also donates $20 each year. 

2016 Winner: Chynna Ernest

Live Like Libby

Love Like Libby 

On March 17, 2017, we lost our sister Elizabeth "Libby" Hankins. Libby was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of two and fought every day of her life. She never let the disease slow her down, not even to cheer on her tigers. Many people say that Libby did not have cystic fibrosis, cystic fibrosis had Libby. 

Libby brought a smile to everyone's faces and brought light to this chapter. On April 17, 2016, our prayers were finally answered, and Libby received a double lung transplant in Duke, North Carolina. She spent eleven months in recovery and was finally able to come home in the December of 2016. Her family created a Facebook page "Lungs For Libby" that tracked her journey through her surgery, and it soon reached over 50,000 followers. 

Two and a half months after coming home, Libby fell terribly ill and was transported back to Duke Hospital. Libby fought hard, and after a long battle, she went home to be with our Bethany on March 17, 2017. Her family has created a non-profit organization in her honor called "Live Like Libby Love Like Libby" and the Kappa Xi chapter adopted it as one of their chapter philanthropies in 2017. We strive every day to live like Libby and to love like Libby. "To keep forever sacred the memory of those we have loved and lost."