Student Group Raises Nearly $84,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Belmont student organization Up ‘Til Dawn hosted its second annual 24-hour fundraising event January 29 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In an event implemented on 60 campuses nationwide, Belmont students far exceeded their goal of $75,000 and managed to raise almost $84,000 for the hospital, which seeks “to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.” Thanks to the vision of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, a recent inductee in the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame, no child is denied treatment at St. Jude based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
St. Jude Specialist of Collegiate and Youth Programs Chase Simpson said the campus awareness of St. Jude has become so high through this event and has caused people to look forward to it year after year. The event itself is a giant celebration and thank you to the student fundraisers. They enjoyed arcade games, face painting, a photo booth, silent disco and several team challenges, all designed to keep participants engaged (and awake). St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.