'Dear World' hosts event at Cleveland State

Photos by Michael Comodeca

‘Dear World’ made its way to Cleveland State University on Oct. 17, 2017 for students to participate in its program. The ‘Dear New Orleans’ program started in 2010 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it formed to help the people of New Orleans recover from “Katrina.” During an event in 2010 a man named Ralph Serpas wrote “Cancer Free”, in that moment ‘Dear New Orleans’ changed to ‘Dear World.’ Since then, ‘Dear World’ has grown to what it is today, which is a program that has travelled to many countries and universities to spread their word of hope.

While on the Cleveland State campus, ‘Dear World’ held two events. The first, was from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the student center, where students came in to write an important word or phrase on their body, which was to try get people to ask questions. The second, was in the MC Auditorium, during that four students were picked from earlier in the day to share their story with everyone in attendance. After that, people were invited to an after party to eat, get more photos taken and engage in conversation with fellow students.