School of Pharmacy students raise money to remember former student  

For a 15th year members of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity held a successful beach volleyball fundraiser


May 12, 2016

Members of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity at the UMKC School of Pharmacy raised more than $2,500 in donations at the group’s annual fundraiser, “Volley for Charity,” held April 23 at Volleyball Beach in Kansas City.

The sand volleyball event, which attracted 240 participants, has been an annual tradition since 2002 when Kappa Psi members launched it as a way to help classmate Wes McIntire, cover medical bills.

After a three-year struggle with colon cancer, McIntire died of the disease in 2005. Since, the event has continued as a spring fundraiser that supports the American Cancer Society and the Wes McIntire Scholarship endowment at UMKC.

The scholarship has been awarded annually since 2006 to a professional pharmacy student who is an active member of the Kappa Psi fraternity. The recipient must have served as an officer in the fraternity or an organizer of the Volley for Charity event. The scholarship recipient is selected by the Kappa Psi members.

“Throughout the past three years, this event has brought in more than $10,000 in donations,” said Thanh-Nhi M. Nguyen, a UMKC student and co-chair of the event. “In addition to our monetary fundraising, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity members were able to spread awareness about colon cancer and the American Cancer Society, all while having a good time. As Wes would say, ‘Count your blessings, not your misfortunes.’ ”

School of Pharmacy officials said it is gratifying to see students continue a cause in the name of a student most of the current students wouldn’t have known.  

The Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity is the oldest and largest professional pharmacy fraternity in the world.