CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 28, 2008 — Students at Southeast Missouri State University have been saving lives with paper and pen, raising more than $41,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2007-2008.
The students have been writing letters to raise money and awareness for the research hospital through programs called “Up ‘til Dawn” and “Sincerely Yours.”
“Up ‘til Dawn” is a student-led fund-raising program hosted by colleges and universities nationwide. It unites students, faculty, staff, the community and sponsors in a goal to help the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Sincerely Yours” is a similar program used by Delta Delta Delta sorority. Last fall, Southeast’s “Up ‘til Dawn” group and Delta Delta Delta held their letter writing events. More than 25 student teams participated in “Up ‘til Dawn” by writing and mailing more than 4,000 letters requesting donations for St. Jude. Delta Delta Delta also sent out more than 4,000 letters in an effort to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude. On Feb. 22, “Up ‘til Dawn” hosted a celebration to recognize the funds raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by Southeast students. All students were invited, and those organizations that sent letters to family and friends were highly encouraged to attend. Held at the new Student Aquatic Center (to go along with the “Be a Lifesaver” theme), pool games, food, prizes, and recognition of high fund-raising individuals and groups filled the celebration.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fund-raising organization. For more information, please call 1 (800) 822-6344 or visit www.stjude.org.