More than 230 colleges and universities across the nation sponsor similar “Up ‘til Dawn” programs to benefit the Memphis-based hospital founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. His daughter Marlo continues the work.
In the “Up ‘til 2” program, students enjoy a late night of games, exercise, dance, snacks and fellowship while addressing letters seeking contributions from their family and friends. The personalized letters are mailed by the hospital’s fund raising arm. Patients treated at the hospital and their family members also joined in the festivities. St. Jude’s is the largest pediatric cancer treatment and research facility in the world.
More than 19,000 children from the U.S. and 70 countries have been treated for various forms of cancer, sickle cell disease and pediatric HIV-AIDS at the hospital since its founding. The current cure rate stands at more than 80 percent. While insurance payments are accepted, patients without insurance receive free medical treatment.
Jaime Russell, Living-Learning coordinator in the Office of Residence Life, commended the volunteers who established the program. “We challenged our living learning community assistants to support one of our department values, the value of ‘global citizenship.’ We asked them to focus on service and this amazing program was the result. We are so proud of the staff, students, families and friends that made this effort such a success.”
Up ‘til 2 History
November 2007: $21, 904
November 2008: $17, 505
November 2009: $57, 941
November 2010: $77, 670
The daily operating cost of St. Jude is $1.5 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions.
Slippery Rock’s 4-year fundraising total to over $174,000. The amount of money raised by Slippery Rock students is enough to cover the high cost of a bone marrow transplant and an above the knee prosthesis.
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Up Til Dawn – Slippery Rock University
For more information regarding committee sign-ups or the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the advisor, Jaime Russell