To raise awareness of scleroderma, members of Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Alpha at William Woods University tie teal and pink ribbons to a tree outside the Alpha Chi Omega chapter house. The tree is dedicated to Lyndsey Ellis, who passed away shortly after starting classes and pledging the sorority four years ago. Scleroderma is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease, and the teal ribbons represent scleroderma awareness. Pink was Lyndsey’s favorite color.
Because her brother, Ryan, is a Pi Kappa Alpha, the two chapters hold a ceremony and benefit barbecue annually in Lyndsey’s honor.